to light a candle is to cast a shadow.?


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  • Ahhhh Grasshopper, You have found the true wisdom within. The shdow cannot live without light.

  • Cast Shadow Definition

  • A candle only casts light from one point, so while it may illuminate some of our surroundings, it leaves others in darkness. I think this can be a metaphor for how relying on a single perspective or source of knowledge can still leave gaps in our understanding.

    Another understanding is that when you light a candle, you, the person sparking the flame, are always going to cast a shadow. The lesson there is the inevitability of our involvement in events preventing those events from having a perfect outcome.

  • To see, in this instance, is to see with the eye of the candle. The eye of a candle sees no shadows, as the eye of the candle is the light of the candle - light is the life of a candle, and also a purpose to its life. To light a candle is to dispel all shadows in its radiant gaze. And then when a candle sees another candle both see no shadows in eachother's existence.

    The one who sees with an ordinary eye will beg for light and will be haunted by shadows; the one who sees with an eye of light will give light, and will seek things to illuminate. A candle sees with its light and then it also enables others to see.

    I understand when people talk about shadows. Could shadows be 'the shadows of doubt' against the spread of light of faith? Shadows do not spread like light but light does - light spreads across boundaries. Therefore to see a shadow is to see against the spirit of a candle. May be I know the realism behind this otherwise wise saying, but can I speak of a candle and not like a candle?

  • Wow...nice question. Let's see...Here is a question about duality. There is no up without a down, no front without a back. That kind of thing. "To light a candle is to cast a shadow" may mean, perhaps, that one cannot be totally good, nor even hold the expectation of being or of being perceived to be. Then, too, I could be completely wrong. I'll keep this one with me for a while. Thanks for a wonderful dilemma.

  • Yes sure, but more important than this is to overshadow the surrounding darkness, though be it only with a candle. Instead of cursing the darkness or fearing shadows, let's light a candle.

  • is a reflection to fantasy fiction about the classic movie or story, "The chronicles of Narnia." it says that:

    When Aslan said you could never go back to Narnia, he meant the Narnia you were thinking of. But that was not the real Narnia. That had a beginning & an end. It was only a shadow or a copy of d real Narnia which has always been here & always will be here: just as our own world, England & all, is only a shadow or copy of something in Aslan's real world. You need not mourn over Narnia, Lucy. All of d old Narnia that mattered, all d dear creatures, have been drawn into d real Narnia through d Door. And of course it is different; as different as a real thing is from a shadow or as waking life is from a dream. [211-212]

    The preceding passage has d obvious purpose of explaining d finite domain of our Earth ("a shadow;" "the old Narnia"), when compared to d heaven-like realm which has always existed ("the real Narnia has always been here & always will be here"). Yet, another parallel can be drawn from d explanation of d old & real Narnia as an explanation of d nature of fantastic literature, or maybe even any genre of fictional literature, for stories in general have "a beginning & an end." "The Door" by which one reaches the realm of these stories is through d medium of books. Enɡɑɡing stories have d tendency of absorbing d reader into d book's setting, which explains why one might, in d extreme case, "mourn over" d ending of a book.

  • No, to light a candle is to cast light. Life is full of opposites though; with the candlelight you also get a shadow of darkness; we have daytime and nighttime; push and pull; love and hate. Dwell on the positive.

  • every new life is like lighting a candle and the knowledge that that life will end sometime is the shadow cast over it

  • "You must not change one thing, one pebble, one grain of sand, until you know what good and evil will follow on that act. The world is in balance, in Equilibrium. A wizard's power of Changing and Summoning can shake the balance of the world. It is dangerous, that power. It is most perilous. It must follow knowledge, and serve need. To light a candle is to cast a shadow."

  • If you open a box containing a lighted a candle the whole area is illuminated. If you open a box containing only dark shadows the area is not changed at all, but the box becomes lighter..... Where is the shadow......?

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