CLOSE TO THE EDGE
- Painting: oil on canvas
- Size: 42Hx32Wx2 inches
Named after the original album’s title song by Yes, a progressive rock band of the 1970’s, and heavily influenced by Herman Hesse’s Siddhartha, the song is written in four classical movements of natural metaphors, with a cacophonous musical theme that continues in variations throughout the entire song, analogous to Siddhartha's "four passing sights." The theme is immediately recognizable. The "flowing river," passed down in history as a part of the ontology, and epistemology of Heraclitus, who expressed it by saying, "You cannot step twice into the same river; for other waters are ever flowing on to you," Hesse’s Siddhartha, as well as the Buddhist doctrine has continued in this theme by saying, "They have heard its voice and listened to it, and the river has become holy to them, as it has to me… there is no such thing as time? The river is everywhere at the same time, at the source and at the mouth, at the waterfall… everywhere and that present only exists for it, not the shadow of the past, nor the shadow of the future." The shadow - we are reverberations of the step into the river, the one, and our own timelessness. All else is in ignorance of the entropy that makes us all one - never created, never destroyed, the Newtonian conservation of energy.
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