thief in the dark


You may have heard the it said that character is doing the right thing when no one is looking (J.C. Watts), but have you ever thought about how  light or dark affects character? It turns out that even alone the lighting level affects how much risk we are willing to take, how many indiscretions we are willing to commit.

Darkness can conceal identity and encourage moral transgressions; thus Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote in “Worship” in The Conduct of Life (1860), “as gaslight is the best nocturnal police, so the universe protects itself by pitiless publicity.” –Science Daily

Writing Prompt: Create a scene where your character does something in the dark that he or she would never do in the light of day.

Journaling Prompt: How does being alone or being in the dark affect how much you are willing to risk?

Art Prompt: Misdeeds in the dark

Nonfiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the relationship between light and willingness to commit a crime. Make an argument for better lighting in your neighborhood.

Photo Credit: Marshall Astor – Food Pornographer on Flickr

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