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Sisyphus by industrial-evolution Sisyphus by industrial-evolution
I just now renewed my obsession with Greek mythology, and this is partly the result. Sisyphus was a mortal who defied the gods and was punished in the afterlife: he will push a boulder up and down a hill for all eternity. My mom tells a brilliant version of this story, and so does Albert Camus :[link]

Make of the picture what you will, but I always saw this myth as a symbol of free speech. Of course Sisyphus spoke out and was silenced--harshly--but when people like him are sacrificed, become martyrs, we need to fight not just to achieve liberty. We must maintain it. And as you can see all over the world right now, sometimes that's the much more difficult part.

The cursive across the boulder, for those of you who can't read my unfortunate handwriting, says "Everything you said was wrong and this rock proves us right." It's a play off that horrible punishment in school where a teacher makes a student write out a sentence a hundred times.

And as long as I'm on a roll as far as pretentious goes, I think this story is just as much about fear as it is about revolution. The fears that all of us have to carry, up and down, up and down...
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ZwickyStarscream Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this. Absolutely. It's fantastic. :) And the analysis about it isn't pretentious--it makes sense, especially the fear connection.

Also: Have you had to do the sentence punishment before?
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P.S. While drawing this, I was thinking of you and your poem as well.
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ZwickyStarscream Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww. Thanks :)
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Yes'm :)
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ZwickyStarscream Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're so sweet.
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One does one's best!
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ZwickyStarscream Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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Thank-you! I really appreciate it.

Nah, I'm too much of a teacher's pet. :P But my chem teacher used to make people.
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ZwickyStarscream Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ouch...
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They were super purposefully wordy, too. As in, instead of "I will not show up late to class," it would be, "I shall refrain, in the future, from delaying my teachers and my classmates from the commencement of their lessons due to my own tardiness" .......etc. :P
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ZwickyStarscream Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:O That's horrible.
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Hahaha yes. She was still pretty great though.
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ZwickyStarscream Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That's good. Otherwise it wouldn't be very fun...
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