From what I saw on TV and read in the newspapers, yesterday’s Earth Hour was an hour of glory for the environmentalists and their supporters. It showcased how the world could be saved from the effects of global warming and all that goes with it. TV news showed people holding candles, with faces glowing, holding hands in solidarity, eating in the dark, complimenting themselves on their good deed, criticizing those who had lights on. They were craving for more such dark hours to save the planet faster.

While I was watching all this global euphoria, my mind wandered a little towards some spiritual thoughts. I recalled that the Bible in fact begins with a discussion about light and darkness. According to the Bible (Genesis 1), in the beginning there was darkness, but God said, Let there be light. So there was light and he saw that the light was good. 

But the New Testament strikes a contrary note. It says (John 3:19), “This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.”

No wonder, we are beginning to love the Earth Hour. It gives us a reason to indulge in a celebration of darkness.

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