A Stoic theory of life adventure
THE GOOD LIFE
That's wonderful! Did Emily draw that while with you in Siberia?
Yes. It's a rough draft of something she made under the bridge. She's still working on it. I plan to add this to the book, Going Alone. I'm glad you like it @aaronj0072
It may be entirely unintentional, but I was so struck by what I see in the shadow. There's a story I'm sure you remember in the Old Testament about Sodom and Gomorrah. Despite God's instruction not to watch, Lot's wife turns to look back at the destruction of the city and she is instantly turned into a pillar of salt, all that is left of her mortal remains.
In Emily's picture, I see The Great Indifference represented by the scorching desert sun and it burns through you to reveal all that you are to it: a shadow of white salt and a few embers of gold. Is the gold what remains of the soul? The spark of life that now returns to the unknown? Does it go to heaven or hell? Is it reincarnated to live again in the body of another? Perhaps its glow just fades into the desert sand with the setting of the sun to never breathe again.
I can't wait to see the finished version. Such a simple image and yet she seems to capture in an instant her dad's spirit and his musings on life as we, your followers, have come to know and understand.
I love your comparison to the story of Lot's wife and I did read your comment to Emily so that she could enjoy the interesting similarity you described. Thank you so much for that. I really enjoyed reading your comment. :-)