Life is short, & Art long

Old man Hippocrates got it right. Nearly 2500 years later, I think he remains relevant.

Life is short,

and art long,

opportunity fleeting,

experimentations perilous,

and judgment difficult.

This blog is an attempt to use the lengthening, eternal effects of art to trick, overcome, circumvent and prolong this brief candle of life, as said Macbeth.

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
To the last syllable of recorded time,
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death.
Out, out, brief candle!
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

Perhaps this blog will also be an existential inquiry, a journey into understanding the truth of life, the search for meaning, if any, in our short time here. I will draw upon the treasure of literature, paintings, films, music, philosophy and spiritual material that I encounter. Maybe there will be discussions on history, photography, museums, voyages, personal essays and other expressions of “art” that find their way into this exploration. Some of these musings might be open-ended and  curious: a search for answers to calm the daily anxieties and fears in the shadows of human life. Others might be reasoned, rational, logical and balanced: collective wisdom to nourish and nurture the spirit.

At the very simplest, this blog is my own means of cure: a therapy based on the ability to imagine, question, appreciate, investigate and assimilate the wonders of art in all its diverse forms. It is the journey of a young person, untrained in the Humanities or fine arts, emboldening himself against the blows of life’s vagaries, by the splendid company of his prized creative sources. To learn, ask questions from Life and Death, with the hope that the experiences of others, distilled into their creative expressions, will get me closer to understanding the kernel of human existence – the place of happiness and the power of suffering.

This is my own Art, Philosophy and Literature University; one can have many teachers in Life without ever stepping into an academic institution.  Join me on this journey, if you are a creative sister-soul. All photographs are from my Instagram account, unless otherwise stated.

Let us examine this life together, Socrates would not  have us live any other way.

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