My latest composition Beings of Light and Darkness is meant to suggest the conflicting information, processes and feelings of being diagnosed with cancer, going through chemo therapy and surgery, and recovering functionality. “Light” and “Dark” are used figuratively in describing events and feelings.
Light, as you know, is energy. Photons flying through space. Our sun, like most stars, emits photons, which rush outward from its surface, and many of them strike the Earth, where they warm our clouds, oceans and surface. But without humans, those photons are just energy transfer mechanisms. They have no inherent meaning.
Humans often attribute meaning to light. Daytime is light and pleasant. Warm, sunny days are wonderful. Cloudy dark winter days can even lead to seasonal affective disorder [SAD]. Colors affect how we feel. We also use light to transmit information—fiber-optic cables for instance. are high-capacity channels transmitting information from one continent to another under the oceans. You’re reading this article because light-emitting-diodes are lighting up your screen, and photons are hitting your eyes, which you then interpret as words and images. There’s meaning there, and it’s all in your head.