Power

Working thesis: the impact of power, whether it be physical, emotional or religious.

To me, "My strength is greater than yours" creatively represents Gilgamesh's constant desire to prove that he was more powerful than those that tried to go against him. He faced every situation as a battle and never looked for help until the end of the story when his fear of death was greater than his struggle to show weakness.
"The Challenge" to me speaks to how Socrates might have felt during his trial. The eyes to me represent all of the members in the court that were watching Socrates and holding an unreal power over him. The biker comes off as an innocent man who is just trying to get through his day with no problems, which i feel is very much Socrates attitude.
Even though this artwork is a direct representation of the second chapter of Genesis, I believe that it perfectly displays the power behind creation and those who have the ability to create. Not everyone can create items or ideas and there is also a lot of stress and mistakes that can be made through creation, as evident with God and the creation of humans. In Chapter 6 of the Genesis, The Lord admits to his failure in creating humans and how that has impacted him negatively; "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. The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply trouble" (6:5-6:6)
Not so much the art work, but the person in it, is the reason that I chose this piece of work. Mandela was a man who held power through his ability to love his enemies. As stated in Book 6 of Luke "Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you" (27-28). Luke goes on to discuss that it is easy to love those that love you or those that will give you something and that is says much more about the person who can love a person who can give nothing to them or one that is doing no good for them. Mandela loved his enemies and was rewarded with the end of apartied.
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