The Lamp Manifesto

Alex Smith
The Lamp Essays
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1 min readJun 26, 2022


Lamps are the light in the darkness that lets us see all that is around us while also providing comfort and security from the unknown.

Humanity is deeply in need of lamps in this unimaginable darkness.

Those lamps are ourselves.

Humanity has within itself the power it has deeply yearned for over its entire history.

Collective love, collective understanding, and collective reasoning is the only way we can find our light in this darkness.

Love is unimaginably powerful.

When we see how the people in our lives falter, when we see them fall, we are there.

We are the lights in the darkness for all that need safety.

We are the lamps by which people can find shelter and find home.

No matter where you come from, no matter who you consort with we will always, always, always, be there as your light through the darkness.

A solitary lamp of unimaginable love throughout the darkness can bring unending hope.

That is who we are.

The wellsprings of kindness, community, and empathy to all in need.

Providing light to all of the horrors to see them how they are in their nakedness, a source of truth for people badly in need of being loved.

So, I. will. begin. with:

I. Love. You.



Alex Smith
The Lamp Essays

Your not-so-average early twenties cishet white male activist with a huge heart and a penchant for dismantling societal institutions :)