Page Number: 22
Ode To Nightfall
February 10th, 2004
PAGE FOOTNOTES: The universe of Pastel is filled with light. There literally is no true darkness, and even under carefully contrived laboratory conditions, true darkness is impossible. This is because all matter is infused with varying degrees of glowing Chatoyance, which the human brain interprets as a form of light.
The upshot of this is that the humans of Pastel have not even the capacity to imagine true darkness, true blackness, and have only ever known the constant presence of comforting, reassuring light. The primate brain, wired to fear the dark, has never had cause to activate such primal circuitry in the consistently luminescent cosmos of Pastel. Even the shadows in Pastel are but less bright areas of light.
Dr. Aoi and Dr. Nakimono are confronting an ancient function of the primate brain that they have never experienced before, a powerful, primal, inborn terror of the dark, one that they have never had to develop any means to overcome, to cope with, or to even grasp.
Even the blind, on Pastel, still percieve the Chatoyance of their own brain, stimulating itself.
For a Pastellian, the pitch black of even an earthly closet would be unbearably, horrifically alien.
By Jennifer Diane Reitz
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