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TOPIC: Why is *Dark* considered evil?

Why is *Dark* considered evil? 08 Sep 2015 19:37 #7521

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As a child of the 50’s I watched cartoons without so much of a thought to anything other than pure entertainment. This was just the way it was; men with pitch-black skin and huge smiles devouring enormous wedges of watermelon or greasy bubble lips drooling over platters of sizzling fried chicken. They spoke in thick over the top southern dialect while picking cotton, the pink palms of their hands highly contrasting the dark skin of their bodies. At regular intervals cotton sacks were dropped, plows cast aside, banjos grabbed and enthusiastic dancing commenced.

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I’m not an extremist looking to find fault with the *true evil* meaning hidden in a cute cartoon but I have to ask myself does the "Dark Stormy Cloud” only dole out what we consider dangerous animals? I have to wonder why yet again a dark and shadowy entity is signified as being risky or threatening... All animals are wonderful but even kitties, puppies and bunnies bite; nonetheless those baby animals are being handed over by happy White clouds and although Mr. Dark Cloud appears embarrassed, he hands over a baby alligator, a bighorn sheep, a porcupine and an electric eel, all considered dangerous animals.

Why is dark skin considered unattractive? Why is black considered evil and white an expression of beauty and luxury? Is it because in the Bible, John 3:20 “Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear their deeds will be exposed”? While white denotes clear, pure and good, unstained, genuine and honorable, black evokes dark shadows, nightmares, vampires, wicked witches, villains and things that go bump in the night.

Are we now just sugar coating bigotry from a bygone era, disguising racism, intolerance, xenophobia and stereotypes as cute fluffy clouds?
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Why is *Dark* considered evil? 27 Sep 2015 21:58 #7816

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hey, so growing up i remember being afraid of the dark, but i wondered why, it is true that everything dark is mosly considered evil. Mabe i feel its because dark is such a color that shows no type of happy emotions. In the dark people cant see things and people hide things. Maybe it is that evreytime someone is an a dark envornment that person is hiding who they realy are. But i find it interresting on how that became a thing and it is added to manu things such as entertainments for kids.
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Why is *Dark* considered evil? 27 Sep 2015 23:46 #7831

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I never look at the colors in this perspective but you're right we do tend to pain meaning in their color.
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Why is *Dark* considered evil? 06 Oct 2015 16:51 #7947

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Hi Kristeen!

You make a very interesting point, and this is a subject that I have always had a fascination with the mainstream interpretation of darkness. Darkness, in itself, is a synonym for evil, yet there is no indication of darkness that points towards evil. Why do we associate darker colors with danger and evil? Definitely an interesting concept to consider.
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Why is *Dark* considered evil? 13 Oct 2015 18:17 #8055

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I think it would be a bit too rash to connect the near-universal association of evil with darkness to a relic of racism. Darkness is something that humans are innately scared of because it relinquishes control over what we can see which by extension makes us more vulnerable. For example, children are scared of the dark despite not being taught nor conditioned to fear the darkness. This fear of darkness goes back to our roots when humans didn’t have the luxury of running lights or even lanterns. Leaving a campsite into the wilderness at night was considered dangerous because the darkness limited one’s ability to avoid harm. I would not be surprised to find out that is why society has the tendency to associate darkness with danger (which is linked to evil).
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Why is *Dark* considered evil? 13 Oct 2015 18:48 #8057

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You make very interesting point here. I too have been recently thinking about this. As people have brought up darkness as in being what somewhere dark where you can't see becomes frighting as the person has no control of what they can't see. However it's interesting how a color can contain such a negative connotation . just like you I find find myself asking why is dark skin considered unattractive while a white skin is seen a beautiful and "pure"?
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