Why the fear and darkness during Halloween?

Every year on October 31, people observe “All hallow’s eve”, also known as Halloween. Today, the main characteristic today is one of gore, darkness, fear, frivolity and other base things.

But why do we choose to express darkness and fear instead of light and beauty?

To answer this question, consider the following points:

1. Halloween is related to how this world interacts with the beyond.

2. What we assume reflects what is within us.

3. What is alive within us is what we try to awaken in others.

“Birds of a feather flock together” also applies to our thoughts and assumptions. When we think of the “afterlife” and our thoughts immediately assume dark things, it simply means the person conjuring these images is inwardly inclined to darkness, otherwise it would assume light and heavenly things. Thus, the base forms expressed in Halloween today reflects the collective state of our inner lives.

If we say, “it is only fun and games”, this actually proves the point. Why? As a principle, we only “make light” of something that is heavy or oppressing us. So, the attempt to “make play” of fear during Halloween means that, deep within in the first place, there is a subconscious fear of the afterlife that quietly oppresses us. So, in a clumsy attempt to dispel this silent fear, we “make play” of it. Furthermore, since what is within us is what we try to awaken in others, our festivities become marked by an attempt to spread and awaken fear, instead of joy.

Whether or not we are aware of it, these are the principles operating through our expressions during Halloween. To the observant, it serves as a basis of personal self-assessment.

~Dr. Ikenna Q. Ezealah

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