The Norman Transcript


April 5, 2013

The darkness and the light




Let’s take for example the driver who rides your bumper in heavy traffic or in inclement weather and then decides to weave from one lane to another, nearly clipping countless cars, just to gain a miniscule amount of yardage. Or, how about the cretan (as in idiot) who drives on the shoulder of the road to pass all the cars in his important path?

Did you ever wish for a policeman to appear and give either guy his just deserts, as in a whopping ticket? If your answer is no, then there is something seriously wrong with you. A visit to your yin and yang balance shop is highly recommended for emergency re-balancing.

You are in a grocery store waiting patiently in a long line with a cartful of items, or as patiently as your particular personality allows. When it is finally your turn, the checker puts up the chain and directs you to “the next checker.”

Do you meekly stand in the next line? Or, do you dole out a bit of “just deserts” and leave the full cart with the checker? Depending on your choice, you, too, may require re-balancing.

Along with our all too human thirst for what we believe is justice (also known as revenge), we want to be there to see the punishment. Not even in the case of traffic stops and tickets are we allowed to see “our culprit” get his or her punishment. It is always someone else’s culprit.

The uncomfortable aspect of carrying the darkness and the light within us is the inconvenient fact that no one elected us to be god. If they had, our vengeance would be swift and driven by anger, but not always right.

Thank goodness, that particular election has been postponed indefinitely.

Elizabeth is a freelance writer and author. Check out her suspense novel “The Dionysus Connection” on Amazon or ask your bookstore to order it for you. Visit her website

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