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    I'm not attracted to darkness of the evil variety, more of darkness of the emotional variety. Things like sadness, disillusionment, isolation, existential crises, death and the afterlife. Not that I'm a sad emo person or anything, just it's a part of the human condition and it seems to come easily to me when I write.
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    I assumed it was darkness as in night time when i read the title.
    I don't like pitch black dark, it terrifies me, i can't get my bearings.
    The other darkness is pretty ok depending on mood, i'm not sure i'd say i like it.
    Maybe I appreciate and understand it (somewhat).
    It's pretty vast though just saying darkness
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    I don't associate darkness with evil necessarily. Darkness can lead to evil with the right person and circumstances, but it is generally no more evil than a slice of bread. I see darkness as nothing more than the mirror of the positive. It is simply the negative. The space between spaces.

    Anyway, I don't fight it or shun it. I embrace the darkness within myself.
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    I find darkness interesting in a sort of metaphorical/artistic way. Dark and light, chiaroscuro, etc. And I live in London, and to me it's a very dark/light city (both physically, and in terms of its vibe/aura - and its history reflects this) and it resonates with me on some almost unconscious level.

    At the same time, I mainly keep it in that metaphoric/artistic space, and I'm not as drawn to it as I was when younger. For instance, I prefer somewhat more upbeat music now (although my absolute favourite kind of music usually has a darkness/minor key to it, but also rocks out ).

    I think it can be more of an enneagram 4 thing - which I'm not, though I identify with some of the preoccupations.
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    For me darkness is inevitable and also something to get past. I get moods, and to an extent I enjoy the feeling of them, but I don't seek or court them. I don't wallow either, I process. I see things like black humour and moody songs as a tool to contain and process bad things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Qlip View Post
    For me darkness is inevitable and also something to get past. I get moods, and to an extent I enjoy the feeling of them, but I don't seek or court them. I don't wallow either, I process. I see things like black humour and moody songs as a tool to contain and process bad things.
    I agree with a lot of this. I'm actually a bit afraid of that dark place I go to in my head sometimes, because if I go too far in, it can take me a long, somewhat dangerous time to get out. I try not to wallow either, but I can slide deep into it and have great difficulty climbing out. So anything that can help me to not go there, or to escape sooner, is great.
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    I enjoy the darkness. it's a source of creativity for me.

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    In the literal sense, I've never feared the darkness. As a child I had healthy respect for the coyotes and timberwolves in my area, so I didn't go out at night - but the darkness itself was always kind of attractive to me. As an adult, I've taken up night running through a local battlefield park's forest trails, and I love it.

    In the metaphorical sense.. darkness does not equal evil -necessarily, anyway. If you have darker impulses, you have to channel them into appropriate outlets. It is only when we allow our darker impulses to control us [to change the way we think, the way we interact with others] and to harm those around us that they become evil.

    "Without the darkness how would we recognize the light? ... Do not fear your negative thoughts. They are part of you. They are a part of every living being. To pretend that darkness does not exist is to create an opportunity for it to escape."

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    I'd have to distinguish the spectrum of "darkness" for understanding. I LOVE dark things that are really just part of the human condition, but demonized by the majority. Revealing unacceptable or ugly emotions and thoughts.. things like shame, envy, depression, doubt, fear, confusion, and anger. THis is why I especially enjoy darker flicks like Worlds Greatest Dad, Rules of Attraction, Salton Sea, Requiem for a Dream, Garden State, I <3 Huckabees, Igby Goes Down, Precious, and on. I enjoy darkness that is authentic, raw, and at times, vulnerable.

    It's never a really a dark/light issue though, it's always about truth (for me.) The truer it is, the more valueable it becomes. THe more beautiful it appears. If you isolate an act and call it dark, you completely lose whats real, and by real I mean nothing just is.. if you wan't to see it and understand it then you have to look at all that it was, all that it is, all that it will likely be, and all that it affects. When you begin to see these connections it becomes apparent that everything is extremely interwoven.

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    With that in mind, I admit that I still struggle with "dark" acts, mostly the objectification of sentient life, violent and meaningless acts (or meaning I can't comprehend) .. but even at these times I know, instinctually, that it's just my particular vantage point.
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