February 23, 2014 § Leave a comment
Since the emergence of human consciousness, mankind has been grappling with two eternal questions:
- What is life and where did life come from?
- What is death and what happens after death?
These questions gave rise to religion. They also endure in works of art.
Paul Gaugain inscribed this on one of his masterpieces:
D’où Venons Nous / Que Sommes Nous / Où Allons Nous
(Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?)
“Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?” by Paul Gauguin
E.B. White asked in “Charlotte’s Web”:
“After all, what’s a life, anyway? We’re born, we live a little while, we die.”
Photo by: Nathan Hunsinger
For fellow humans living in the 21st century, composer Tod Machover asks these existential questions again in a futuristic opera “Death and the Powers“, a production of the MIT Media Lab where he teaches Music and Media. « Read the rest of this entry »