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The Dark Side ~ Black & White Friday

The dark side, I think we are all quite familiar with that term, and yes, everyone has a dark side to each. Even Mark Twain has said, “Everyone is a moon and has a dark side he never showed to anybody”, likewise with the views of Joseph Luft and Harry Ingham with their Johari Window.

But is the dark side just a bad side? Is there no dark side which is a hidden part that is not ugliness but a privilege? Isn’t our light side also not all about our goodness? In a certain perspective, awareness or enlightenment comes when we succeed in finding something from that dark side. In a world of duality, everything has both twin characteristics, right?

  • Do you realize your dark side in the general sense?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Do you agree that the dark side does not always have a bad connotation?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Have you ever tried to uncover the dark or hidden side of yourself in any means?

    • Yes
    • No

What do you think?

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  1. That’s true, the dark side isn’t necessarily all about evil, and it isn’t necessarily all about what we hide from other people: it might host things about us we don’t even know ourselves.
    We don’t see it, but it has never been dormant. I really like the moon analogy.
    Then, if balance is the ideal state, both extremes can be bad, including light (goodness).

    • I am glad that you understand this philosophy, Sabrina. I think humans should not stop to understand the host and something that it represents just because it’s guarded by a limited understanding of it.

      In balance, both ends can be good or bad. Light can blind as well as darkness, the sweetness of sugar can bring serious illness while the bitter medicine can cure.

  2. Users voted 12 times.
    Q: Do you realize your dark side in the general sense?

    Yes (11 votes) – 92%
    No (1 votes) – 8%

    Q: Do you agree that the dark side does not always have a bad connotation?

    Yes (12 votes) – 92%
    No (1 votes) – 8%

    Q: Have you ever tried to uncover the dark or hidden side of yourself in any means?

    Yes (8 votes) – 73%
    No (3 votes) – 27%

  3. Part of my dark side is dark by choice, hidden. I do not wish my soft interior revealed at times to the world. I keep my darkness in a small room off the main part of my heart. It does not shape my choices, but I do choose to keep most of my darkness private. Few are allowed in that room.

    The darkness is part of us. We cannot always dance with the clouds.

    • Such choices are natural. Like a well, the deeper, the hole will be darker, only dark, or hidden and does not mean it is always bad. As owners of wells, we are people who know what’s the content of the well is if we often go down into it.

      Darkness is an integral part of our whole being, which we can immediately enter at any time, even just by winking. Deep inside, in the darkness that is no longer a place to hide or hiding something, it is the secret of the whole universe.

  4. I’ve always thought the dark sides just contains all those secrets, too embarrassing or evil to be known…
    But what one sees as “dark” may not be totally sinister to others, perhaps just some mistakes …
    I don’t think dark sides have much good stuffs in there, at least to the “owner” who would probably not want to visit them…

  5. I have a different side to what most people see. I would prefer to call it different and not dark. Only because dark has such a bad reputation. It shouldn’t, but it does. I can get into the dark places of my mind and not want to come out. We have talked about this before. I have been to those dark places, and I don’t like them. However my mind seems to take me there from time to time. The good part is I visit for shorter times now. Making progress my friend.

    The photo is perfect with this post. Great effect.

    • I understand fully. People with all the experiences you have of course understand that side, but that is, we are often imprisoned by special terms and emotions that are implanted in it. I think, one of our personal tasks is to neutralize the connotations of various terms and words only so that we are freer to move with our thoughts and feelings, apart from us understanding it as a general understanding. Hopefully.

      Thank you for your compliment, Carol.

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