Torches have been used as an iconic symbol throughout human history as a symbol of enlightenment or coming out of the darkness. We seem to fear the dark and as such it always used to represent the more distrustful and malignant elements in our existence. Good vs evil, light vs dark. This might be due to the fact that humans have such terrible night vision, unlike some other animals. Let’s take a look at some symbols of torches in our culture.