Anchor the Light!

It is still one of the tragedies of human history that the ‘children of darkness’ are frequently more determined and zealous than the ‘children of light.’  - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1960s 

Dr. King was right then, and still is today. But why, you might ask, aren’t the ‘children of light’ more proactive? Two reasons: presumption and inertia.

Presumption: Light will always be the norm.

There is always a core of workers diligently keeping the light alive, but the rest of us presume that light will always be the standard, so we don’t really see an urgent need to defend it. There’s a battle going on and we don’t care to fight. Actually, we don’t have to! Fighting is the forte of the ‘children of darkness’. What we must do, however, is consciously stand our ground. Anchor the light!

Inertia: Light has been the norm for so long, we’ve come to expect light to do as light does without any effort on our part.

We know all the ‘Good Books’ carry the light, and we take it for granted that the ‘children of darkness’ will eventually see they’re shooting themselves in the foot and take the ‘light’ path. Meanwhile, the tendrils of darkness – of density, as I prefer to call it – have snaked surreptitiously into our consciousnesses, so that we don’t even realize when we’re just mouthing the principles of light but no longer consciously living by them. And while the ‘children of Light’ slumber, their counterparts are busy. Take for example, the media. Somewhere along the line, our media got corrupted, persuaded to reject ‘the light’, i.e., honesty and integrity, as their standard, and now they seem bent on persuading the world that there is nothing wrong with ‘darkness/density’, i.e., deception, greed, murder and mayhem, being the new standard.

Light begins and ends with love and compassion. In between, we have joy and laughter, optimism and kind-heartedness, trust and abundance. Density begins and ends with violence and fear. In between we have sadness and pain, hatred and cruelty, doubt and deprivation. The choice should be clear, but it is not. And the root cause of this is that our natural desire for a better quality of life has been overtaken by an intense hunger for material wealth, which has become the be-all and end-all. Once again, I quote Dr. King:

One of the great problems of mankind is that we suffer from a poverty of spirit which stands in glaring contrast to our scientific and technological abundance. The richer we have become materially, the poorer we have become morally and spiritually.

He is right again. So, ‘children of light’, we must get off the couch of false contentment and anchor the light, and we must do it with at least as much determination and zeal as our counterparts! Our children’s children will thank us for it.

About Maureen Marks-Mendonca

MMM started storytelling in the schoolyard at age 9. Before becoming a novelist, however, she travelled the world for many years as a diplomat and economist. Eventually, volunteering with youth brought her full circle. Now creating magic in novels for the young, and the young at heart, allows her to travel beyond time and space! Join Alex Springfeather in a riveting adventure to a world beyond time in Legend of the Swan Children! IF YOU CAN'T FIND LEGEND OF THE SWAN CHILDREN IN YOUR AREA, ask your local bookstore to order it, go to www.macmillan-caribbean.com to purchase, or get it from your favorite online bookstore!
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