Light is one of those phenomena that seems harmless. People can claim it’s power for acne treatment or pyschological help, but it almost seems ridiculous. Most people know how dangerous UV light is, and on those burning hot days of summer, might be careful to put on sunscreen. Yet normal light? You can’t touch it or hold it, it goes the nature of most physical matter we encounter. Light is not only physically astounding, but pyschologically stunning as well because it can affect mood and atmosphere; Compare the lightning in the movie The Matrix to an Applebees and the result is quite amazing.
Light is truly incredible, has all these features, but still we underestimate it. For most, light is something that surrounds us, accompanies us from day to day. Unless you’re blind, most people come to accept it as something we deserve and need. It’s importance to us is because of its consistency. If we all were in the dark, we would learn how to do without and it would remain some sort of novel thing, intriguing perhaps, but unessential. As it is, since it’s there, we begin to think we need it as much as water.
Everyone needs vitamin D from the sun to survive, but symbolically and without too much scientific depth, we don’t really need light. In our lives, we begin to think a lot of things are essential. We begin to think that these things that surround us are somehow integral to survival. However, really, most of what we have, if not all, is a gift. We are given so many things, and yet we pretend as if we deserve them and require them. Obviously being able to barely survive shouldn’t be the standard of living; however, reminding ourselves of this can keep us grateful for everything we have. If we see ourselves as lucky rather than wanting, we can live with a better context in mind.