Without light, there is no life, it illuminates, guides and enlightens, first there was light which instantly oscillated into time and space, where there was one, the other two were implied and a Trinity was created. Light can only propagate through time and space, scientist coldly described this as an electromagnetic wave, whereas artists sees the beauty of light's dance in the seeping nature of dawn that witnesses the miracle of light seeking and bending towards any empty space filling it with energy. The waves literally spread and bend around the edge of objects, even something as solid as an entire planet through any medium water, air and even the vacuum of empty space. It can transfer that energy through vast distances from the thermal nuclear reactions in the sun to the apple orchard in Somerset, in every glass of cider there is the trapped energy of the sun. Light creates life, the energy flows that life feeds on and even sees with, from the very moment of the Big Bang universe has been filled with motion, energy flowing from one place to another but it took almost fourteen billion years for it be beautiful.
Beauty does not independently exist in a vacuum, it has to be seen, it is not an intrinsic or physical characteristic of an object, it is instead a quality of the relationship it is a relative value. Beauty can not exist in isolation, the diamond only becomes useful when it is mined, dug up from its grave, separated, polished and then finally it can be admired. It derives its beauty from its admirer, it has worth because someone desires it and it has value from its rarity relative to the number of people who wanted it. If our beaches were made of diamonds instead of sand they would be as worthless and yet I would trade a diamond for beautiful beach any day of the week, we sometimes lose the value of things when we think of their cost instead of what we are gaining by their presence.
Sunlight can sometimes disguise itself as something that has no value as it has no cost until we are denied its presence. Ask a coal miner, what the best part of their day is and you will probably get the reply that it is seeing daylight at the end of the tunnel. Not just as a source of relief that they are returning to safety but the sheer joy of that free, life-giving source of warm and the ability to see clearly. “Let's see how it looks in the light of day,” is a phrase that conveys the quality of light to expose the true nature of what is happening, what something is and how we should relate to it. Fear exists in the darkness, I remember clearly waking up being a house in Addis to the sound of what can only be described as angry Demon pounding his fists on the tin roof above me as if he was trying to smash through it, it was only with the aid of the torch that I discovered I was in fact the neighbours dog that had managed to get loose on the roof.
It is really quite shocking to myself how real that demon attack was for not just a second but for a whole minute of confusion and sleepy bewilderment. How I forgot I was a person of reason and scientific sense, my mind just tried to make sense of a surreal experience I had never had before, dogs do not usually dance on roofs in Sussex. My mind sensed danger and it gave me an object to be afraid of, and does not really matter that it was wrong, it got me moving, made me alert, ready for action and out of my bed and on my feet, in a time that felt both instantaneous and for ever.
Light is always the opposite of fear, fear lurks, it is unknown and in the darkness, it is where imagination was born, as we need imagination to be afraid of what we cannot see yet, danger always tries to hide, it stalks us so that it can take us by surprise, captures us when we are not paying attention. That is why we are afraid of what is in the corner of our eyes, that is why we question the shadows and look for patterns within the darkness. We see the Demons in the shadows because that is where the Lions learnt to hide, death came from the darkness, and was better to imagine a dozen Demons rather than not notice a single lion.
Light makes us safe, it increases the size of our world from a suitably high vantage point we can see twenty miles all around us more than a good days walk. It gives us a sense of scale of our world, helps to make us realise that we were part of something larger than ourselves, it is impossible to truly believe that we are the centre of of the universe, that the world was made for our individual delight when faced with just how vast the world is. What a waste this space would be just for one person, you can feed yourself on just one acre of Earth, when you see just how much land there is within just one day's walk, enough to feed tens of thousands, and then imagine that it would take a thousand days to walk around the planet in just one single line. To think that it was just made for me, is an impossible sort of thought to have, light gives us the clarity to see that the world is made for the many, for us, our family, community, society and humanity.
Light gives us the sight to see what is good in the world, when we see everything, we can see the rights and wrongs of things. We can see that everyone should have a piece of the pie, especially when you see the lives of whose without, they should not be judged just on what they can give us, we can see that all work deserves to be valued (a mother's love is priceless and worthless in economic terms), that we should be able create a better world for our children and for all children, and that it does not need to be a zero sum game with winner and losers. That technology and knowledge can create value for us and even time, that getting a greater return for our efforts is always a good thing as long as it does not come with externalities and costs that outweighs their benefits. Being able to do more with less, is the very point of technology, distributing the benefits is a social problem not a market problem, the market deliveries new ideas and product, it is up to us to make sure people have effective demand (easily solved with universal basic income).
It is up to us what we do with the amazing technology that is in the pipeline, there is always fear that is associated with change. People fear becoming irrelevant and their lives becoming insecure and unstable, and these are legitimate concerns that should be dealt with head on, in a world where it takes less people to provide our needs for housing, food, healthcare, entertainment. It is going to become even more important to give clear pathways for people to live their lives, what their purpose is going to be and how they can be useful and valued to their communities. And it is going to be tough at first, when the pressure of survival, of getting by are lifted, when people are unburdened and freed from the treadmill, for the first time in their lives the light is shone on their lives and they truly have to examine what they are doing with their lives.
That light is so bright that many people who become financially independently and retire early, find the experience is so tough that they retreat back into the world of jobs and the structure that they give them. The freedom to do anything is so overwhelming that they actually want less control over their lives and return to the routine, and these are the people with the strength of discipline to achieve difficult things, so imagine how much worse it going to be for other people. We are going to need a lot more teacher to show people how to live a life of meaning in a world where our identities is not going to be tied to your profession. So the more light you can bring into your world now the easier it is going to be later, as the light of knowing is going to bring us growing pains and unbelievable benefits. By shining that honest light on our own lives, we can ask are we taking right action, what the effects of those actions are and we can become aware of what we do not know, we can see our limits and how we can develop as beings of consciousness and help others to do the same.