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January 25, 2011

Within a Forest Dark

Even outside the forest, the darkness of the premodern world was unimaginable for us.
But inside the forest it was even darker. At night, you wouldn't have been able to see your hand in front of your face. There is an evolutionary reason why children are afraid of the dark, because darkness is where the monsters literally dwelt. You wouldn't even know what ate you. Thus the old adage, he who hesitates is lunch. The little clearing of civilization is where things are illuminated. But this area of light is a hard-won prize, surrounded by darkness. No wonder people cling to their stupid cultures, since they are preferable to living in the dark. -- One Cʘsmos: Middle Age Crazy

Posted by Vanderleun at January 25, 2011 9:20 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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