Saturday, October 03, 2015

The Dark Side

You know that the dark side of the moon isn't really always dark, right?
We just never see the far side from our vantage point on Earth.

The moon has a unique characteristic in that its rotational period (spinning on its axis) and its revolutionary period (the time it takes to orbit the Earth) are the same. That means that the same side of the moon always faces towards the Earth. At the New Moon phase, the far side of the moon (what we refer to as the dark side) is in full sunlight. We just can't see it! The side facing the Earth is now the dark side.

I was thinking about how we sometimes refer to ourselves or others as having a dark side, a side that nobody sees. But really, the dark side comes into full view of the sun on a regular basis. While we can keep a part of ourselves hidden from others with the same perspective, we cannot hide ourselves from ourselves (with an inward perspective) nor can we hide ourselves from God (who sees from afar).

For the most part, I try to be pretty transparent. However, I am also very much aware of people and their harsh and often misplaced judgments. I think that it is often best to keep some thoughts and things from certain people. As I have mentioned before, I am not a very trusting person and there are few people that know me really well. I've learned that it isn't important that everyone knows what I am thinking all of the time, especially when I'm thinking that they're stupid, ignorant, self-centered, narcissistic morons. (Yes, I have my own harsh and sometimes misplaced judgments.)

So yeah, I have an unseen side. I call my dark side Ugly John. Most of the time he shouts (or whispers) to me from the far reaches of a dark dungeon where I try to keep him locked away. It's better that way.

I wonder about some people. I tend to believe that they have no really dark side. They seem to be genuinely nice people that are in complete control of themselves and their emotions at all times. Is it possible? Or do they also have a dark personality locked away in a deep, dark dungeon?

We probably all know people that need to lock away their ugly side. It would seem that their ugly side is in control and has their good side locked in away in a dungeon (or perhaps a tall tower). It's like they always show their dark side and we never see the good!

What do you think, my reading friends? Do you have a dark side? Or is it more of a what you see is what you get personality?
What about others?
We might agree that there are people that are always ugly, but are there people that are really always nice?

John <><


eViL pOp TaRt said...

The best thing with dark sides is to keep them under control, if possible.

allenwoodhaven said...

Tolerance, kindness and charity are important roads away from the dark side. I think we all have a dark side, in one form or another. That includes me, though mine isn't likely to lead me into big trouble. (For which I am grateful!)

I hadn't thought of the moon in quite that way before. Nice perspective!

Mike said...

"...complete control of themselves and their emotions at all times. Is it possible?"

Nope it's not. Someone out there will find a button to push.