Glow Worms

August 5, 2017

Personal Growth

Very deep in the bowels of a few caves in the world live tiny glow worms, which never see even the slightest ray of light from the sun. Clinging to the cave ceilings, they manufacture slender strands of silk, punctuated by globules of mucous. Pulled by gravity, these "strings of pearls" hang straight down from the ceiling, where they ensnare flying insects.

But the worms don't wait for insects to hit the strands randomly. In the tail of the glow worm is a capsule of bioluminescent chemicals, which produce a blue-white light that can be seen throughout the cave. Insects are attracted to the light, but before they reach it, they are trapped by the hanging sticky strands of silk.

Shimmering all around us are the lights—often brilliant—created by all the forms of Imitation Love: flattery, power, money, sex, entertainment, and conditional approval, for example. In a dark world, these lights can be all but irresistible, but as we fly toward them, we become trapped—often permanently—by the effects that always flow from them.

We can all learn to recognize the potential dangers of the lights in the darkness, and we can learn to avoid them.

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