The House in the Land of Night

There was a man who lived in the Land of Night.

It was a depressing place to live. The sun never shone, and the moon was quite dim in those brief moments it did appear. The darkness was filled with strange noises. Though the ears could hear, the eyes could not see, and it was up to the mind to paint the pictures of that which lurked in the darkness.

It was a quite dismal world, except for one man.

He lived in a House of Light.

It was a comfortable home, quite spacious and well furnished. His family lived with him in the house, and he loved them very, very much. He had heard stories of the perils that lay in the darkness around them, and he forbade his children to venture into the darkness. In fact, he himself never dared to leave his doorstep. Rather than risk the perils of the unknown darkness beyond his door, he hired servants to do those few tasks that required a trip beyond the well-lit environment of their home into the darkness that surrounded them.

Within the House of Light, the Man was happy. Though he had feelings of restlessness, he was generally content to live in the safety of his house. And when those feelings of restlessness would arise, he would walk to the window, pull aside the curtains, press his face against the glass, and see what he could discern. But then, being able to see nothing, he would quietly close the curtain, heave a sigh of relief, and return to his quiet contentedness.

There he lived. There he died. There the story should end.

But it doesn’t.

The Man made a tragic mistake, one that has cost many people’s lives. The light that allowed him to enjoy his home was the very light that blinded him to the things in the darkness.

Thousands of people died in the darkness because of hunger and cold. Some of them lived and even died right under his window. But the Man never knew because he never left the brightly lit environment of his home.

I could be that man.


  1. Great post, Matthias. It has startling implications. It’s way too easy to sit around and expect good things to happen. It’s way too easy to simply ignore the darkness and revel in how comfortable I am. Love it! Keep it up.

  2. Ouch. Really, really ouchy!

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