Does Darkness encourage us to be evil?

“Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.”
Mark Twain

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches

“There are darknesses in life and there are lights, and you are one of the lights, the light of all lights.”
Bram Stoker, Dracula


“Time takes it all whether you want it to or not, time takes it all. Time bares it away, and in the end there is only darkness. Sometimes we find others in that darkness, and sometimes we lose them there again.”
Stephen King

Technically, darkness is another aspect of our life just as the brightness is. It usually teaches us to unwind from the day and get ready for the other day.

But, statistics show that a crime is conducted by adults after 6pm to 3am.

Ponder over this: When we are hiking in the forest during the day, we feel that the nature is out to hug us, and we feel blessed to be surrounded by greenery. But if we are returning on the same tracks when it gets dark, we would prefer to possess a flashlight or a lantern.

Darkness is defined as the absence of light.

The preference to have the path illuminated when walking could be due to two factors. One would be to avoid tripping over and hurting oneself and second is to avoid being the victim of some crazy lunatic who considers darkness a prime moment to attack.

As it gets dark so; do some minds. With the intelligence getting dim, it means there are bad thoughts. These evil ideas start spinning like a wheel in motion, and this circulation is difficult to stop unless it hits someone. Immoral or negative thoughts bring in the urge of destruction that leads to sorrow.

While few homo sapiens are going through the urge to hurt someone, there are people who are aware of such vibes around them and are scared. They are afraid of being the target of reckless behavior; they are apprehensive of being hurt. Who likes to be victims of such aimless targets that are out just for the urge to cause mental and physical pain?

That is unfortunate.

WHY do "some" people start getting negative thoughts when it begins to get dark? Why do all evil things happen once the sun sets?

Is it because the person does not want to be judged, and as it gets dark, no one will recognize him and so, it is easy to go astray and take out one's vengeance?

Is that justified?

Why does Darkness encourage "some" to become evil? Is it because, with no lights, no sight thus, no one to assess our behavior?

Is this world becoming so competitive and we are scanning each other so minutely that, we feel naked in daylight? But then when the sun dawns upon us, there are some who take out their frustration and put other people's lives in jeopardy just to relieve that tension?

Frustration, Annoyance, Resentment are the causes that man tends to retaliate when no one is watching him. Although, many get caught in their inappropriate actions, there are some who still roam the planet.

My 2 cents
Let's throw away the barriers of intolerance, bigotry and partiality amongst us. Darkness will be embraced just as well as Sunlight, by all.

Juvenile Crime – Time of day

source:-http://www.sasked.gov.sk.ca/docs/social/psych30/support_materials/time_of_day.htm

Analyses of the FBI National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) data for recent years indicate that juveniles commit crimes at different times than adults do.

Note: Serious violent crimes include murder, violent sexual assault, robbery, and aggravated assault. Data are from 12 states (Alabama, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Dakota, South Carol ina, Utah, Vermont, and Virginia).

In general, the number of violent crimes committed by adults increases hourly from 6 a.m. through the afternoon and evening hours, peaks at 11 p.m., and then drops to a low point at 6 a.m. In contrast, violent crimes by juveniles peak in the afternoon between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., the hour at the end of the school day.

I came across an article and have pasted the link below. This article also talks about how darkness brings an evil side of ours to light and it encourages us to cheat and be satanic.

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MR.POINT OF VIEW 5 years ago from Planet Earth

I think darkness is just that. One medium defines the other. We small minded creatures decided to make dark evil and light good..


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Ruchira 5 years ago from United States Author

yes you are right Mr. Point of View :)Some have taken advantage of the darkness and have turned it into evil which has left most of us scared of it.

Thanks for stopping by and commenting...Appreciated your views.


Janet 5 years ago

Gosh...Agree on it. Darkness sure can make any evil minded person come out to his true self. no wonder we are scared of darkness...thankgod for the light bulb :)


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Ruchira 5 years ago from United States Author

haha..sure Janet TG that Edison discovered electricity :)

Thanks for stopping by!


jack 5 years ago

guys we think light is good and darkness is evil cause we are day creatures imagine a world where humans are night creatures adults go to work duing the night childer go to school during the night and we all go to sleep in the morning.In that world we would be so familiar with the darkness that we would definitely consider it to be good also in that world criminals and thieves would show their evil during the day because this is when people would be asleep .I think it is a matter of perception


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Ruchira 5 years ago from United States Author

sure, Jack I liked your perception on the above title. I guess crime happens when human population is at it's minimum and as of now we are day creatures thus, darkness is considered evil :)

Thanks for stopping by...appreciated your perception and input.


Darkness 5 years ago

Yeah, it has nothing to do with not being seen.


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Ruchira 5 years ago from United States Author

Darkness...Sure, when a person's mind is corrupted; he does not feel hindered by darkness or light but, usually crimes are committed in the dark (statistics show) to avoid the repercussions of being caught and get punished for it.

Unfortunately, that is the mentality of man.

Thanks for your feedback!


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Ruchira 5 years ago from United States Author

Darkness...Sure, when a person's mind is corrupted; he does not feel hindered by darkness or light but, usually crimes are committed in the dark (statistics show) to avoid the repercussions of being caught and get punished for it.

Unfortunately, that is the mentality of man.

Thanks for your feedback!


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epigramman 5 years ago

...another very provocative hub subject ....another winner from you ...and I would like to feature you on my hub profile introduction page so hopefully you may receive more follower/readers because your hubs are certainly worth the recognition.


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Ruchira 5 years ago from United States Author

Thankyou Epigramman :) Appreciate it!!


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

Darkness is usually associated with evil. In Hindu culture darkness means destruction. Goddess Kali, the terrible one, also means darkness.


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States Author

Well said indeed Vinaya.

I guess that is the reason; all festivals are associated with lights whether it be Christmas or Diwali.

Thank you for your precious comment!


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AUPADHYAY 4 years ago from INDIA, UTTAR PRADESH STATE, KANPUR CITY

No my dear Ruchira,

I think that if a person is firm in his life in positive attitude, and lives his life in an optimistic way, the fear of darkness doesn't matter for him. You have explored the topic in a very appreciable manner I vote it up for the same.


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States Author

Hello Aupadhyay,

Sure, if our values are deep; darkness will not encourage us to be evil but unfortunately all crimes occur at night. Thus, man fears darkness.

Thank you for your precious feedback...appreciated it!


Website Examiner 4 years ago

Once again, a conceptually clever hub. Of course, darkness provides opportunity - I can see how taking advantage of that may seem cowardly. I prefer to work at night...


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States Author

Hi WE,

I am glad you agree with the concept of my hub. Man has always been an opportunist and darkness is a good scenario to get an advantage over anybody.

Thanks for the read and your input...appreciated it!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

Interesting... one of the things that came to mind for me is sunlight... if you think about it, being out in the sun releases endorphins that make us happy, where as when people get less they can sometimes suffer from SAD (season affective disorder) I wonder if this both correlates. When you are sad and upset your probably more likely to do bad things. Just a thought. Great though provoking hub!


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shampa sadhya 4 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA

Voted up and interesting!

Loved it as usual. Light and dark are similar to good and bad or happy and sad. There is nothing wrong in darkness as it has its own charm depicted through moon. Actually the human mind is the culprit which through its intentions made darkness, a natural beauty, a criminal.


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Ruchira 21 months ago from United States Author

Thanks Stacy and Shampa!

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