If you want to be free, then you will have to leave the shadows, simple as.
Whilst one lurks in the shadows, one is tempted by the doings of shadow-world. These have to them more than a hint of sulphur. And should you have a propensity for it, the sulphur seeps and permeates, one gets nose-blind. In order to leave the shadows one needs to let go of intrigue, of spying, of plotting and related shenanigans. Best to be simple and not complex. There is for most a big fear of leaving the cosy darkness of the cloying shadows, what if people do not like me without my cloak?
The shadows offer a certain glamour and attraction. I am not sure which country made the first spy movie, but the English have something of a track record in this area. That duplicity seems to resonate. And it was through the “diplomatic” skill of divide and rule that the empire was gained. It runs deep in the blood and in the traditions. We use 007 to sell Britannia. Aston Martin’s aside, there is a shadow side to having a national hero who is a randy murdering espionage agent. But it speaks of a love of intrigue that goes deep. The UK is not alone in this…
The only way out of the shadows is to start being more WYSIWYG and less duplicitous, not an easy thing to do but well worth the effort. The less you are entangled the freer you become. You may have to sacrifice power and position, but it is whole lot less tense. In not playing eternal politics, you can chill and enjoy the world around you. Your paranoia levels start to subside. Slowly a new lightness of being is found.
This lightness of being cannot be found in the shadows, lurking and sneaking. The reason is simple, it isn’t there.
The Shadows are a fictional alien species in the science fiction television series Babylon 5. Their homeworld is Z’ha’dum, although whether it is the world they originated from is uncertain, and they were the second race among the First Ones to be discovered and nurtured by Lorien, the “First One”. In contrast to the Vorlons, whose philosophy is represented by the question “Who are you?”, that of the Shadows is represented by the question “What do you want?”, centering towards desire rather than identity.
In 2259, there were increasing reports of a black, spidery ship being encountered in hyperspace, which instilled a dark fear in all who looked upon it. Meanwhile, Narn ambassador G’Kar realized that these ships were those described in the ancient writings of the Narn philosopher G’Quan, which told of a great enemy that rose to power a thousand years in the past. Known as the Shadows, they spread from their homeworld Z’ha’dum to rival the stars themselves:
“And the Spirit of Darkness moved upon the land. It screamed in the dreams of the Mindwalkers; and they fell, destroyed by it to their children and their children’s children. Then did the Darkness come to Narn until it was driven out by G’Quan and the last of the surviving Mindwalkers.”
The text is accompanied by pictures of the black ship, and ends on a chilling note:
“There is a darkness greater than the one we fight. It is the darkness of the soul that has lost its way. Greater than the death of flesh is the death of hope, the death of dreams. Against this foe we can never surrender.”