All human matters have their light and dark sides. We are a reflection of the universe in which we exist.

We swim in a soup of dark matter. About twenty-three percent of the universe’s energy is carried by dark matter. Matter we cannot see. It is not truly dark. It is more transparent. Yet, it cannot emit or absorb light. Everything we see is made of ordinary particles or Standard Model particles precisely because they interact with light. We can even see darkness because it absorbs light. But that which we can see that is made up of Standard Model particles only makes up four percent of the energy density of the universe. We only know that which is so abundant, yet weak, by its gravitational influence or, seemingly, by inference.

It requires observation and deduction to theorize dark matter. Yet, it cannot be observed directly. It crawls up our noses and drifts upon stiff breezes, but we are no wiser for it. It is more stealthy, hidden, and equivocal.

The world is not what it seems. Human behavior can be mercurial. True intentions hidden. The contours of the human heart unknown even to its bearer. The triumphs and tragedies of the human condition are the stuff of legend. Even more so, our fallibilities, our delusions, and our misguided emotions.

It is the drama of life that proclaims the truth of what it is to be human. It is the promise of light and its swift dance that flexes at the elusiveness of dark matter.

Life is the light dance through dark matter.