Playing with power

There are many of those who hold power around the world, both today and in ancient time. Powerful individuals are able to control and change the people and communities surrounding them. Power in itself changes lives, whether it is people who hold power, or the power of something that affects how one thinks, behaves, and lives. Something that is powerful holds influence, it sways beliefs and ideals. This exhibit is to explore power held by individuals such as God or Gilgamesh, and also the power of things that affect others, such as friendship and forgiveness.

This piece illustrates the journey and friendship of Gilgamesh and Enkidu. In "Discovering New Horizons of Friendship" two friends are to set out on a journey, a journey that will change their life. There is an overarching theme about the journey of love and friendship in the epic. In the Epic of Gilgamesh, finding love and friendship for Gilgamesh sparks his transformation as a king. Gilgamesh was failing as a king until Enkidu came along. Enkidu acted as a rival at first, until they found companionship. Enkidu helped Gilgamesh face his fears and journeys alongside him. Enkidu says to Gilgamesh, "take my hand, friend, and we shall go [on] together, [let] your thoughts dwell on combat! Forget death and [seek] life!" (38). His support, love, and care of Gilgamesh, transforms Gilgamesh to be grateful of his city.
To me the "Walking Man- L4" piece speaks to Gilgamesh's power and expedition to find himself throughout the epic. Gilgamesh is a very powerful king in Uruk, known as being "two-thirds of him god and one third human"(2). Although he is powerful, the city of Uruk is displeased with him. His actions are selfish and arrogant. He is unable to find the gratefulness and compassion as a king in Uruk. This piece demonstrates the theme of power and finding oneself. In this illustration, Gilgamesh is trying to find the balance between the two images. The balance between being an iron man or godlike creature and a human being. The iron figure is arrogant, selfish, and better then all of Uruk. While, the human is appreciative and considerate of the city and his power. It isn't until Enkidu's friendship that Gilgamesh realizes it is not all about himself as a powerful ruler. Gilgamesh's transformation is finding himself as both a powerful human being and a caring one at that. It is important to be powerful, but also appreciative, which Gilgamesh learns after his last journey to escape death.
These skeletons depict the just and the injust, the good and the bad, and the moral and immoral. To act justly is to live virtuously. These skeletons show the theme of doing the right and moral thing. I see the black skeletons as the few who do the right thing, while the white which are majority who are unjust. Socrates is one of the black skeletons. Socrates encourages the Men of Athens to test their knowledge and wisdom. He in the face of death still acts justly and refuses to escape, even though the jurors acted with injustice and sentenced him due to their prejudice. On page 71, he says, "That its never right to do injustice, or to do injustice in return, or to retaliate with bad treatment when one has been treated badly."
This image depicts the power of challenging others and being different. Socrates spends his life challenging others wisdom and knowledge. He does so to prove to them that they are not experts and have things to learn. This images shows the Men of Athens standing up against the man who is in the distant. The Men of Athens have the power to sentence Socrates to death, but are doing an injustice to themselves. Their prejudices against his occupation and wisdom push them to make the wrong decision. Socrates is different, and this angers the Men of Athens. He is different because he is just, he is wise, and he teaches these things to others. Even in the face of death, he chooses not to give up his occupation of challenging the wisdom of others. He would rather die then live an unjust life. He states, "Nothing bad can happen to a good man, whether in life or in death" (60). In the end the man in the distance dies, but dies justly and for that he is grateful.
"The Creation of the Universe" depicts the theme of the power of creation and destruction. God is very powerful in Genesis, like Gilgamesh in the epic. God has the power of control. He starts by creating earth, all living things, and mankind. He asks of mankind "be fruitful and increase in number". God creates what he will, but has expectations from them. When he realizes that mankind was sinning and disrespecting his wishes, he destroyed them. In Genesis 6, it states "the Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time". After his creations failed him, he destroyed them all with the great flood. The Lord holds the power to turn things from color to black and white, he holds the power to define what is evil, he holds the power to create and destroy.
"Experienced Teacher" reminds me of Jesus and his experiences. It relates to the theme of the power of teaching and knowledge. In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus is portrayed as a leader and teacher to many individuals. It is important to recognize Jesus's stories and the power they have on teaching his followers. Jesus teaches the meaning behind many morals and values in each of his stories. He teaches those who are against him, those who follow him, and his disciples. Teaching is a powerful thing in the Gospel of Luke. One of his many lessons was about being humble, he states in Luke 14, "For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves be exalted". He teaches those to not be fool of themselves. Alongside this, he also teaches about forgiveness, greed, arrogance, and compassion. It is the power of Jesus's teachings that make up the Gospel of Luke.
I view this piece as the fearfulness of sinning. There are two beings begging for forgiveness. It is the power of forgiveness that people live for. Jesus holds this power to forgive. This image depicts of theme of having power to forgive. In the Gospel of Luke, many individuals and followers of God look for Jesus to preform miracles and forgive them of their sins. This is the ultimate job, in life now and in the bible; the ability to forgive. In Luke 7, Jesus forgives a sinful woman while at dinner. He states, " Therefore I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven- as her great love has shown". Being forgiven starts new life for those who have been sinful. The power of being forgiven is shown throughout the Gospel of Luke.
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