December 3, 2017

Sinacism: Seeing the light in December’s dark days

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Our cities that never sleep — along with our suburbs that seem to nap only briefly between the closing of the bars and the start of the morning rush hour — could do with a kind of universal reset, Sinacola says.

“I’ve started watching the sky again. Appreciating the moon. Watching the light changes at dawn and dusk. And observing satellites.“

Chris Sinacola

Chris Sinacola

Because we denizens of the Northern Hemisphere are heading into the longest and darkest days of the year, and since we punctuate so many of those days with candles, strings of colored bulbs, bonfires and fireworks, I’ve been thinking a good deal lately about light and dark.

So accustomed are we to the pleasures and conveniences of artificial illumination — and so dependent upon electricity for our ubiquitous computers — that we have forgotten how dark a world previous generations inhabited.

I’ve got Netflix, but for my great-grandfather, pleasure on a winter’s evening was sitting by the fireside with a copy of Field & Stream. I don’t know what he read prior to 1895. Perhaps little more than the Bible, which he probably believed was plenty enough.

Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla and others changed all that, and many are the pleasures and conveniences that have ensued.

But is it all too much of a good thing?


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