This crossroads that the Knight watches over.
One side of the spiral leads down into the mystery of darkness.
One side of the spiral leads up into the mystery of light.
It reminds me of the Knight guarding the window at the end of the Prasch corridor at Lincoln Southeast High School, ensuring that people see the light, but cannot directly walk into it.
But is it necessarily true that light is good and darkness is bad?
I don’t think so.
Though I have almost always gone down the path of light, some darkness has come into my path at times.
All of us face darkness at every step. Life has no certainty.
I descended down the stairs of darkness in 2009, uprooting from Lincoln to start grad school at Northwestern. This path led to the light, in many ways, that I might not have found had I not gone there. Additionally, it proved that I have the capability of successfully uprooting and finding light at some point.
Perhaps on the downward spiral, the window shades are just drawn.
Or, perhaps on the upward spiral, the outer light is really artificial.
Choosing light all the time is a greedy algorithm.
Sometimes, thou must descendeth to the darkness in order to find true light… as the immediate ascension by light might lead to inkier darkness not much longer thereafter…
Props to Sue Vincent for this thought-provoking picture!
Today is the fifth day of the seventh round of M.A.P.L.E.
היום חמישה ושלושים יום– שהם חמישה שבועות לעומר
Madison: 27 days
Alaska: 56 days
Eau Claire: 88 days