Why would someone choose darkness? Surely everyone prefers light, happiness, feeling good about themselves?
Because “their deeds are evil”, it tells us. That makes sense. LIght exposes everything! We cannot come proudly to the light of God for he sees all. We can only come childlike, knowing our flaws and failings, trusting in His love and mercy.
All are born with a conscience. Though adapted in our various cultures, the basics remain if not stifled (the verse, “having their conscience seared with a hot iron,” comes to mind.)
We all do bad stuff sometimes, (“for all have sinned”) the question is, do we embrace the light and be cleansed or hide in the dark lest someone see.