Light and darkness
What is darkness? It is the absence of light. Indeed, if I hang thick curtains in front of my windows, I prevent the light from coming in and it's dark in my house. When I play with the lighting, I also vary the darkness. But I cannot handle the darkness to change the lighting. Darkness is the absence of light. I can handle what is present, I cannot handle what is missing. Do good and evil work the same way? Not at all.
Let's imagine an old couple, whose members do not get along anymore. Remaining together hurts them, especially when they feel attracted to someone else and have to hide. Now let's imagine that they are very anxious and that any nervous wave inflict them disproportionate torments. They do everything to avoid loneliness because it could be fatal for them. So splitting would harm them. As a result, together = bad, separated = bad.
If good and bad were like light and darkness, the opposite of bad things would automatically be good, dilemma would not exist. But this is not the case. Good is a buildup, as well as evil. One is not the absence of the other, they are independent. Evil is related to darkness in our imagination, because it is better to hide to do bad things. The shadow is the perfect hideout for bad intentions. By a simple logical analogy, we assume that the light is related to the good, which is totally false.
The light allows to see clearly. It lighten the good as well as the bad. It illuminates what we like and what we dislike. It sheds light on the midwife who gives birth to a child and on the soldier who is raping, killing, looting innocent villagers. Light only means that we perceive clearly what is happening, but this does not imply that the current action is beneficial or become happy by magic. The light operates like the truth, because it allows to discriminate unambiguously. A phrase says that only the truth hurts. Similarly, the light hurts when it reveals an unpleasant sight. Another proverb says that the truth comes from the mouths of children. They do not intend to flatter or to offend, they just want to understand. Similarly, the light is neither positive nor negative, it just shows the truth whatever it may be.
Darkness blurs or conceals. On the one hand, it is true that evil deeds are easier to carry in the dark. They strike their victims by surprise, the culprit may even disappear with impunity. On the other hand, when we have a precious treasure, which may be desecrated by the violence of the outside world, we hide it away, away from light and prying eyes. Urged by the challenges of a tricky situation, we can display unsuspected qualities. Where were they before? Hidden in the darkness of our potential. So shade can hide the evil and the good. To generate darkness, we can avoid to lighten or block the light which is already there. Thus, the omission and the distortion operate like darkness because they prevent from accessing the truth which enlightens.
If I have a sprained ankle, can I be cured just by enjoying a delicious chocolate ice cream? Of course not. It can warm my heart, give me the strength to overcome the pain and motivate me to treat my wound. If my mood is positive, I can even heal faster. There is a hermetic principle that says : "as above, so below; as below so above" Under this law , I believe that the emotions and the mind operate just like the body. Emotional or intellectual pleasures can't heal the heart or the head's wounds. The injuries must necessarily be treated by appropriate means. Enjoying only sets an atmosphere wich fosters the healing.
Therefore it is a mistake to believe that cultivating the good automatically makes the evil disappear. Enhancing the good may possibly mask the bad but it remains present and it may resurface at any time. It is also a mistake to believe that fighting the evil is enough for the good to settle down. By removing the evil, we sweep a place clean. This free space can later be invaded by the evil or by the good. If we want to increase the good, it must be built. If we want to decrease the bad, it must be destroyed. These 2 tasks are independent. The good is what gives us pleasant feelings, which we want to extend forward. The evil is what gives us unpleasant feelings, which we want to interrupt.
Our education plays a huge part in determining what we like and what we dislike. Therefore big cultural aberrations can lead us to love evil things or to hate beneficial ones. For instance, I think that the equation light = good, dark = evil is dangerous. In the spiritual world, I have met people who pretend to be truth seekers and who are actually mawkish seekers. Any trace of negativity makes them turn back, shivering from head to toes. Any trace of positivity covers their face with a wide soft smile. Yet lighting the negativity is the only way to eliminate it. Meanwhile positivity sometimes contains toxic aspects, it may be useful to lit all of its facets before rejoicing.
light = seeing the good or the evil = knowledge
darkness = hiding the good or the evil = ignorance
If I can see then I can think of ways to act, after eventually shedding a little tear to evacuate the shock of the revelation. If I don't see anything, it is unwise to assume that everything is fine. If I hide the negativity so I certainly carry a timebomb.
Personally I like the light when it allows me to appreciate the beauty, the power and ingenuity of the laws of nature. I appreciate the light when it unveils the dirt which should be clean as soon as possible. I fear the darkness when it conceals doubtful intentions. I like the darkness when it protects unexpected richness.