The reason behind our age old fear of the unknown.

Ever since we were children we’ve known that the dark is scary. Nobody ever had to teach us this. We just found it less preferable. There are lots of guesses people have taken as to why, but nobody really knows. Maybe it’s because most crimes occur at night, so naturally we relate those two and decide not to go out into the dark. Or perhaps because of all the scary movies where the monster/murderer/psychopath is waiting in the shadows.

Some people believe its been wired into our heads from our primitive days, when we would hunt at day and avoid being preyed on at night. Some more believable ideas are that it’s just because we don’t know what’s out there, so our imaginations run wild with the possibilities of what could be waiting to snatch us up. Or possibly the stories the older kids always told us to scare the bejeebies out of us.

Well, whatever it is, its not going away anytime soon. So what do you think?

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  • momofplenty on May 19, 2012

    Personally I think that it is a combination of the unknown and what the older children tell younger children. My 3 yr old is not afraid of the dark…. yet.

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