When the light was darkening

When the light goes down, it may be wise to become invisible.
The image is of fresh darkness,
the period after the sun has gone down or the fire has gone out.
There is still much activity left over from the light of day,
and movements in the outer world are at their most dangerous.
Even the smallest sound, the faintest glow of light,
can attract unwanted attention.

When the darkness of stupidity reigns,
it is best that your own brilliance stay
“hidden under a bushel basket.”
That is, your thoughts and efforts should be quiet and self-contained,
and protected, as much as possible, from harmful external influences.

Whatever you do, don't let yourself be swept along on the current of conventional wisdom
when dangerous uncertainties exist.
Try not to become too depressed or anxious;
this period will pass.
Just endure it for now and inwardly preserve your self-confidence,
while outwardly remaining cooperative and flexible.
The time to assert yourself will come.
Avoid looking too far ahead if you have not yet achieved your goals.
That only brings regret and longing,
which can eat away at your inner resources.

Be cautious and reserved.
Control yourself.

Do not needlessly awaken dormant forces of opposition.
During dark, unsettled periods,
it is best to step gingerly around the sleeping dogs.