Those Above us, and those below

A study in the concept of The Other in art

Those underneath us are supposed to be figures of all that is wrong with ourselves, demons, the devil, etc. pervade the concept of the 'other' with what is wrong with ourselves.
Even seeing pictures of 'ourselves' of humanity can really create an ethnocentric mentality. When people are different, they are bad, and that is a concept that is prevalent throughout history.
There is also a concept of difference in age and wisdom, and that can create a malicious, competitive energy. The difference is both a sense of familiarity and isolation.
When we see a figure with a sense of arms and legs we can see ourselves in them, but then the appearance of other factors can create the separation of relation between the figure and ourselves.
The other is not only in differences and malicious environments, but also within friends, it is the concept of fearing the unknown, competition, (like between dancers) also breeds contempt and unrest.
There are not only those below us, but those above. There are the gods, and those are different as well. There is the desire to fight the gods, to fight the idea that we have no free will, and that is merely another version of the Other.
A long time ago, emperors, kings and people of that sort, kept cabinets will many, many small drawers. These were called Cabinets of Wonders or Cabinets of Curiosities.
They often contained miniature version of the newest technological and scientific advances, but many still had christian values and scenes decorating them. Kings and that sort had these to display their knowledge of the world they ruled.
Showing of their knowledge of the other was the way that many monarchs earned the trust of their advisors.
We can also feel a distance from the past, as ancient statues and histories can accentuate. Even though we know that this person was rather like ourselves, we feel a large distance between us.
Our beliefs, language, culture, experiences, age, any of those factors can create a distance between two people, especially between those people of history and the modern culture. Imagine trying to teach an ancient Egyptian how to use a cell phone!
Even when we think of God(s), we all have different views. Even though artists create representation f divine figures, cultural and religious differences don't help create a sense of closeness.
Death also can be considered a member of the other. There are those above us, like gods and angels, and those below, death, demons and the devil for example.
Throughout culture and history, we empathize more with life, seeing similarities with the bright colors, the changing mood, and anything else. Death is the Other, no one knows what happens afterward and it is usually seen with a dark, monochromatic palette.
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