Dear Folks -
I grew up being afraid of the dark. In this talk I explain why that came to be. That fear motivated me to seek for ways to live in the world as a braver person. Over the years, however, I've come to see that what is more fearful for most people than the dark is the light. Many times we don't want the light to shine on places where our ignorance allows us to be "in control." There are things, for example, that are true about the Bible that many people who say they believe in the Bible and what it says simply don't want to know. It is fear of the light that causes more problems than fear of the dark.
I explore this matter explicitly in the talk I gave in Ordinary Life this week.
A copy of the full text I used is below. You can go to the website to get a copy of the Keynote presentation as well as audio version.