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By Lou Marzeles

Curse the darkeness or light a candle? Or perhaps both?



It’s a great old aphorism, variously attributed to the ancient Chinese, an early European philosopher, and even one person who spent hours poring over the New Testament to prove that Jesus uttered the words. (He didn’t, and it’s not in there.) The saying goes, “It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.”

It’s simple and poetic, and it lights a candle in the human psyche. Or so one hopes.

The word hasn’t fully reached all of politics or many Facebook bloggers, though.

Invectives have been hurled in local municipal meetings of late. They curse the darkness. In some cases, candles have also been lit, at least in follow-up. Sometimes, however, the perceived darkn...

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