From darkness to darkness deeper yet

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By a combination of intense thinking and mystic concentration, some people enabled their minds to roam with rarely attainable freedom, sometimes so successfully that they came upon fresh and valuable insights. When they did reach new theories and perceptions about the meaning of life and death, they were eager to share their discoveries with others. Many then left their hill retreats and wandered through the countryside, the cities, preaching to all who would listen.

In this day and age, we would brand them “madmen” — or simply wave a dismissal at them. Mankind has lost the art of listening, the humility to embrace new thoughts. We cannot persuade our suspicious mind to believe in the notion of inevitable life, and the desired humanity. We wander deeper into our own darkness of ignorance.


An avid blogger, twitterer and photojournalist, Zashnain Zainal suffers from an incurable addiction to social work, helping marginalised communities since 1989. Nowadays he travels from the plantations of Malaysia to the slums of Thailand. He can be found at and @bedlamfury

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