The way to combat noxious ideas is with other ideas. The way to combat falsehood is with truth.
Judge William Douglas
There is a mystical tradition which claims that evil, the Devil, uncomfortable in his own darkness, will flee into light to feed on it and thus encompass it and turn it into darkness. It is an attempt to explain why evil seems to claim rights for itself in a world where good should prevail. It is a noxious idea and I dispute it.
The theory can not hold up under simple observation. .Look at what happens at night. The darkness does not comprehend the light nor does it blot out the sun. Men used to think the sun was a giant chariot racing across the sky from one edge of the earth to the other, thus making darkness the predominant state of being only interrupted by the passage of the sun. But the scientific fact is that the sun doesn't go anywhere. The Earth simply turns it's back on the sun thus removing the light. But when the light returns the darkness disappears. It's not the other way around.
So the devil does not enter our lives on it's own volition to soak up our goodness. It is only when we turn our backs on our good, on our light, that the darkness of evil seems to show up uninvited.
The theory that darkness consumes the light and evil the good is a false idea and there are many others that would try to run and ruin our lives. Truth is a bright, shining light in the darkness of ignorance, but people who have no trouble distinguishing light from darkness can find truth an elusive thing. "What is truth?" asked Pontius Pilate. It wasn't a stupid question But he didn't get an answer. because the answer was lived, not spoken.
For any given issue there may be a great many wrongs, but only one right, and that's the one that should be sought. What makes it complicated is the bundle of theories, traditions and opinions that surround it. Fortunately there is a standard. like the sun, to which all thoughts can relate. The truth is a like a beautiful statue embedded in a giant slab of marble. The more the falsehoods are chipped away the clearer it becomes. Truth is the priceless jewel hidden among the pebbles on the beach. Truth is the correct tone which when sung fills the concert hall. Truth is the result of doing things right.
Dana Bate - The Vagabond
Never give up.