Darkness: The only way that you can exist, is if I do too. So let’s make a deal. Let’s share humanity.
Light: I choose access to their spirit.
Darkness: (laughing) perfect. I will claim their mind.
Light: (smiling) You’ll never succeed! Love conquers all.
Darkness: Perhaps, but belief becomes fixed in the mind and the mind has the power to crush the spirit. Beliefs of shame can bring dysfunction. Beliefs of secrecy can shatter trust. The mysteries of life can easily incite quarreling among those who hold the surest of beliefs.
Light: A simple willingness can turn the tides and with practice can bring improvements.
Darkness: Maybe. But, unwillingness is safe, and protects the ego, and just a little pride can ignore injustice. Belief brings belonging while rejection can be too much to bear.
Light: These are singular souls with individual spirits. They can celebrate differences and remain connected amidst opposing views. Spirit is grounding. It has the power to unite all men. Solidarity is not bound by belief!
Darkness: Ha! Your hope is no match for the oppression of belief. A belief that gathers multitudes can also crucify all hope.
Light: (confidently) Hope cannot perish – it is one with the spirit.
Darkness: Yes, but belief can conceal with an illusion of power; belief can smother, with its blanket of certainty. A slow and steady suffocation is all it takes. Few will barely even know it’s happening. Beliefs can pacify and the complacent love comfort!
Light: Even at its most vaporous state, hope can still hold infinite power. It’s hope that moves mountains while belief may claim impasse.
Darkness: (Standing to his feet) I will lead them to an agreement that belief is the light, and belief is what will keep their spirit alive! Without it they will feel lost, cut off from the truth. (laughing) They will cling to their belief as their only hope!
Light: Hope stands alone – it’s tethered to nothing. It remains steady against all odds and stands firm in unreasonable circumstances.
Darkness: (sitting back down) Oh, I too, have hope. Hope for unwillingness, hope for hate; Hope for complicity, and hope for division. Hope is universal.
Light: My hope incites development; yours develops ignorance.
Darkness: Growth is growth – only the direction differentiates.
Light: (moving in closer) My hope can empower the most vulnerable; A singular radiance can blind the widest deception. Books will be written about encounters of hope – stories will be published revealing hope in action.
Darkness: Those same books speak of my stories, as well, connecting humanity with resounding grief. Misery loves company and beliefs will be the tar that traps capability.
Light: Grief may unite, but hope energizes bonds. You might destroy that which is temporary, but I am in the business of leaving a legacy. Sometimes it’s good for things to fall apart – it can often identify a poor construction.
Darkness: (smirks) See, you value my presence. Admit it, I’m necessary.
Light: Without darkness, the sun cannot rise. (Places his hand on Darkness’ shoulder) But this is not about dark and light. This is about where a man derives his thinking.
Darkness: (breaking free from Light’s touch) Ah yes, free will. What a dangerous gift.
Light: (confused) Free will is empowerment! Only those who live by fear constantly see danger. What each man chooses, will be his to decide. I exist to help him along his way. You exist to lead him in your way.
Darkness: I’ve been proven to succeed!
Light: And you have chosen what is best for you. And where one finds success, another finds failure. Where one finds sorrow, another finds joy. When one finds pain, another finds pleasure.
Darkness: My control is effortless.
Light: And I will continue to send messages of light – turning up the brightness all around them. I will illuminate a path that blends logic with faith; through intelligence they will find knowledge.
Darkness: (scoffing. standing to leave) Good luck. I’ll just make enlightenment appear phony – even comical!
Light: (reclining peacefully) With all that you are planning to do, we both know the unstoppable power the will of man has when entwined with hope. And where there is a will, there most certainly is a way.