“Light thinks it travels faster than anything, but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds that darkness has always gotten there first, and is waiting for it.”
-Terry Pratchett, Reaper Man
I came upon this quote and it sort of just stuck with me. It pulsed through my head over and over until I got it down on paper. I viewed it as a depressing quote, but it got me thinking about light and darkness.
Humans have always had this infatuation with light versus darkness, it is portrayed in practically every film, novel, painting, etc.
This is based on no science whatsoever, but I think this is due to the fact that the human condition causes us to put our lives in boxes. By this I mean that we recognize patterns, categorize certain feelings, phenomena, so that we can feel organized in this chaotic life.
I go to a party, see a blunt and immediately curl my toes and say “bad”. That might be a poor example because like, drugs. But think about it. Humans have been seeking a unified theory as to why our universe is the way that it is since cavemen times; does the theory of everything ring a bell? (woo Eddie Redmayne)
It’s this relentless need to explain why, to categorize and rationalize what we see- to almost prove that things are indeed there.
You look into a dark void and you are scared, perhaps of what may be there, or of what is not there. We are uncomfortable with the notion of not knowing, we detest it actually. So we will never stop trying to explain the things around us simply because we cannot. It is human nature to seek understanding, rationalization, patterns that make sense to us.
What would happen if we stopped?
I think we’d lose our humanity.