Heaven doth with us as we with torches do,
Not light for themselves; for if our virtues
Did not go forth of us, ‘twere all alike
As if we had them not.
This quote states a purpose of man’s life through a religious metaphor and explains the importance of sharing the ‘light’ with others instead of keeping it to oneself. Just as a torch’s purpose is to shed light on other objects, humans are called to be God’s instruments to spread goodness around the world. It is important to not limit one’s virtues to thoughts and ideas, but to show them in one’s actions in life. To continue with the theme of light, having a match in a dark cave and leaving it unlit would produce the same result of not having a potential light source at all. A person with virtues left unshared might as well be a person with no virtues at all.
Republished from English class 2012. Photo courtesy of J. Devaun.
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