Without darkness you would not know the light. That is the simplest explanation. Being afraid of your darkness is like being afraid of yourself. Owning it, going into the depths of who you are is what makes you whole. Imagine only ever being half of what you are. Understanding the term shallow in all it's nuances, is in essence because of the superficiality in people who have never dared embrace their dark side. The Phoenix rising from the ashes portrays those who have dived deep, found the dark night of the soul, transformed the malaise and risen renewed. It's a quest, and one worth enduring because the rewards of wholeness are priceless.