‘I prefer a sunless sky/ to the glittering and stinging in my eye…’ – Nina Gordon (from the song ‘Tonight and the Rest of My Life’)
Our world seems to consist mostly of people who adore the daylight…
They wallow in the sunlight, those sprawling masses, forever reveling in the bright light that shows them their path. They bask in every moment of lingering sunshine before they reluctantly retire at dusk, their heads hanging in disappointment as they anxiously begin counting the minutes until the dawn rises anew.
Sunlight may show you your path…
But the darkness shows you the stars. You can find your path by the stars, just as well as by the sun; it just takes more practice.
Nocturnes understand life more deeply than the sun-worshipers ever could. Life slows down at night. It gives one a sense of calm, of focus, and a much more profound sense of things. Daylight invites the ‘sheeple’ to run about in a higgledy-piggledy mess, bumping into one another in their hurry and making no sense as they do.
Nocturnes see life with much more focus, because we prefer to ‘run about’ during the hours in which the ‘sheeple’ aren’t making such a mess of things. Daylight brings confusion; Darkness brings clarity. When one is awake at three a.m., the anxiety that defines humanity just fades away. The world might actually blow up soon… but it won’t happen at night; the moron that ‘pushes the button’ will almost certainly be some brainless ‘early bird’. In the meantime, the Nocturne has more stolen time in which to make sense of the world, of himself.
Some prefer the sun; it makes their path clear.
I prefer to navigate by the stars. I’m good at it, too…
And that’s something that the diurnal masses will never understand.