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Where did that phrase come from - Better to light a candle than curse the darkness
Stan St. Clair

In today’s world, almost every day we hear or see in print or on TV where someone is lashing out against someone else because they don’t agree with them. Often folks complain about the evil deeds and darkness in the world. All of that bothers me too. A lot.

Complaining, however, doesn’t change the world. There are ways to make a difference by doing random acts of kindness, giving to worthy causes and spreading the light of peace and love to others.

Now let’s take a look at this wise proverb and how it may have originated.   

This saying is listed in numerous places as an “ancient Chinese proverb,” but its exact origin is elusive. The Bible, however, has numerous references referring to light and darkness, and Romans 13:12 bears resemblance to the principle herein:

“The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.” (KJV)

Complaining about a bad situation does no good; only taking positive action can help.

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