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I just started with King's "Needful Things". After a few pages I remembered why I loved King's writing. He draws me into his stories and lets me forget everything that happens while I'm reading.
I connected with your definition but felt that I need to expand the idea behind it. The error page swallowing my post happened to me before too :/
What does it mean to me to be human? That's a tough question.
Firstly, being human means to me that I reflect about myself, my actions, and my environment. I can even reach a meta level and reflect about me reflecting about this question right now.
Secondly, I think that people want to reach bliss (I hope this is the correct English term for this notion). Most of our life consists of the pursuit of happiness. Bliss would be something like permanent happiness, if you excuse my sloppy explanation.
In addition to your point I'd say that the dark is often something unknown. People fear what they don't know. The more this fear is nurtured the more it grows and eventually fear turns into hatred.