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Humans have the tendency to place ourselves on levels separate from other creatures, i.e. – on a pedestal. We think we have intellectual superiority and even worse, there are those who consider humans to exclusively be created in the image of God. I see this arrogance as a way of separating us from our foundation – the Intelligence that created all creatures including humans. This high elevation of humanity and the separation from our foundation are both symbolized by the brain levitating above the pedestal. In the desert sand, for me being symbolic of the subconscious, we see a reflection of the pedestal. Of course, since sand does not reflect, it all must be a mirage – an illusion that we’ve made for ourselves.
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  • retepk
    retepkover 5 years ago

    Well done.

  • Thank you very much!

    – Colleen D. Gjefle

  • Druidstorm
    Druidstormover 5 years ago

    As we move further away from the ways of Nature, we both destroy the womb our home for Greed and in essence we destroy ourselves. Wonderful and very powerful! BRAVO!!!…)o(

  • Thank you for your insightful commentary. Fortunately, there are more people becoming aware of what we’re doing to the world and how we’ve lost touch with it. First comes awareness, then comes healing…..

    – Colleen D. Gjefle

  • Ashley Hanna
    Ashley Hannaover 5 years ago

    This is very clever! I completely agree with what you wrote, word for word. This is a strong work and I enjoy the symbolism.

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