What separates humans from the other animals? It is this: the other animals are robots– their purpose is decided for them. Fish were born to swim, birds were meant to fly, but humans were born to ask why, why, why. Absolutely correct. There is a reason for this! We always ask why because, unlike the animals, we get to choose our meaning and purpose. Of course we ask why.
But what is meaning? Meaning is a support, a scaffolding, a structure, and armor. It supports us, shields us, and gives direction. But like these structures, these exoskeletons!, meaning is also a trap, because static meaning congeals into dogma, which is death. But we were meant to live, and living means moving and growing and relentlessly overcoming! The only way out of the trap of meaning, this trap called dogma, is to repeatedly move into meaninglessness.
Overcoming is a relentless movement into and out of meaning and meaninglessness. Meaninglessness is not a thing– it is only a human creation. And why do we create it? We create meaninglessness in order to create– not find, not find!– in order to create new meaning.
But we crave meaning and loathe meaninglessness, so the robotic life is generally preferred. After all, prison provides three square meals. Prison is security. Comfort, security!
We talk a big game on freedom. But Freedom is dangerous! Meaninglessness seems intolerable! … But choose it! You are a person, not a robot.
Destroy your prisons of meaning and purpose built up for you by preachers, politicians, gurus, and books. Walk out into the terror of freedom and build ever-expanding castles over your beloved dungeons. That’s what these paintings are about! Thank you!!