Thought I’d start off the new year with a trip back in time. Makes sense, right?
I imagine there is going to be a lot of talk this year about it being the “last year ever”. Apparently, the world is going to end on December 21st, and there is not much we can do about it.
For the last few decades, various religious leaders, groups, sects, even ancient civilizations, have predicted that the world will end at (insert your own date here). So far, none of these predictions have come to pass. That is not to say that the world will never end, nor that a giant asteroid suddenly will appear out of the blue, nor that our star, the sun, will hiccup and blast out a gamma ray burst, incinerating us all.
A lot of this speculation of end times gets me thinking, from time to time, about the entirety of existence. What it all means, what we’re supposed to be doing, and whether or not this universal….thing (for lack of a better word) is leading up to something greater. Whether consciousness is individual and separate (a separate universe for each and every “thinking” creature). Whether there are multiple or even infinite numbers of universes, for each and every single separate decision that is made by living creatures. Whether trans-dimensional travel is possible after or during death. Whether we will ever “live” again…in other compositional forms (through the supernova destruction/creation scenario), or in sub-conscious spiritual “beings”.
This photograph attempts to incorporate all this thinking inside a rectangle. In a way, it embodies existential conundrums such as understandings of the universe. It is physically impossible to see this scene anywhere, because, technically, it does not exist. However, it DID exist, at one particular time, in one particular location, with very existent components, and it was captured on a camera.
At any rate, there it is. Inside that rectangle, a little sliver of existentialism. Deep thoughts, on this, the third day of a new year – 2012.
You may now return to your leftover turkey. :)