Some people choose to live in the light of Goodness. Many more people choose to live in the shadows of the Lie. This an ancient human condition which accounts for most of the chronic ills that plague the human species. The Lie obscures the light of candor and transparency. It inhibits honest discussion. It propagates harmful secrets which corrode relationships between individuals and groups. The Lie is rooted in mystery, magic and myth. It promotes conservative thought and reactionary behavior.
Goodness is the progressive impulse to improve the general quality of life on Earth. Light promotes Goodness. Open discussion, freedom of thought, eradication of mindless fears, all these occur in the light of Goodness. Light allows human beings to see life for what it is. Fear dissolves when understanding through science and mindfulness drive away the shadows of The Lie. However, The Lie has vigorous defenders in every generation of human beings.
Those whose comfort and power have been afforded to them through The Lie are loathe to open themselves to the light of Goodness. Those who lack courage to change their unhappy lives take perverse comfort in The Lie by seeing themselves as perpetual victims. They too serve The Lie by hiding in its shadows rather than shining the light of self-awareness on their lives.
This is the season of returning light. The New Year celebrates the returning light in the Northern Hemisphere. The light we each choose to shine or shade within our own minds determines our commitment to Goodness or The Lie. This is a dynamic choice, a dynamic commitment to the self, to the human community and to the Earth.