For a long time I wanted to do an illustration on this topic. There are many ways it could have been portrayed but here's what I ended up with. I hope you like it and that it can speak to you in some way!
The suggerter said, "Prisoner by choice by ~Gingashi is a picture with bright colors and crisp lines, that shows a really fascinating concept!" and to quote ~Ghost-Toast-ABC's comment, "i love it's integral depth and emotion! it's so open to concept and interpretation!" in which I really approve. (
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First of all, I hate those people who get a DD for posting a red square or something like that. I support video-games, photography, and everything else. You should be judging me for something you have evidence of.
Second, I really commented the first comment without thinking things much. I thought someone unlike you would see that maybe I was right, and the next second the same person would go along and mind their own business. But as you're clearly not following and you're so decided to bring my un-thought theory down, you are ruining the chance other viewers to enjoy my proposition of watching things from another point of view.
As you're ignorant of some definitions which are crucial to defend my theory (and decide to remain like that), I can't discuss with you any longer. In fact, it was revealed this wasn't a discussion at all, because you're simply ignoring my arguments.
Yet, I can put it simple so you understand where I'm going to: Can you please kill a man and post a picture of his bullet-pierced head here? Is that a no? oh... well, if you're sure, it's your CHOICE and I guess you can bear a handcuff as a token of gratitude! What's that? you're in handcuffs? That makes you a PRISONER. I'm confuse, let's see that again... Prisoner... by choice? That does sound like the title of this art.
Anyway, a missing wall in this picture doesn't mean that there's the exit. It means this is incomplete and while incomplete, it could be anything that completes the missing part (There's some Schroedinger for you) or nothing.
And "Herr" Locke is a joke. I see you don't get it. But someday you will...
Nor would I want to, if it would make me as muddled as you are. I wonder if it has anything to do with abstract expressionism, where people dribble paint on canvas and call it art?
I have indeed heard of John Locke, who spoke of life, liberty, and the pursuit of property, and René Descartes (granted, he didn't realize that one has to be before one can think, but where would analytic geometry be without him?). I have also heard of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, but I have no idea what he did. I have, however, read of Thomas Hobbes and his ideas on Natural Man. I tend to agree with him.
One thing I know about John Locke is that he was an Englishman, so why do you refer to him as "Herr"?
In my society, the breaking of one law, aggravated murder, is still supposed to be paid for with one's life. For some reason, however, they still won't hang those who are to be hanged, and haven't in almost twenty-five years. Maybe the hangman's on strike, or maybe the rope has dry-rotted; I don't know.
P.S.: You can look back at the picture and see who is fully enclosed and who isn't.
You clearly don't know anything about existentialism.
It would be boring because we would not have the ability to know that we know. That means, we can't separate good from bad, fun from boring... we would only be guided by impulses.
What you surely have read/heard/seen (and tell me if I'm wrong here) are characters who live or die, depending to the set of skills they have and if they are superior in comparison to the opponent. There is an order, a system. Or else, those men wouldn't be matching.
In order to go on, I'd like to know if you know some guys named John Locke, Descartes and Rousseau. If you do, we wouldn't be having this conversation. So, after all, I'm guessing you at least have read their names in some history text book from primary school. They explain what happens to a man without chains. Herr Locke says they will join in groups and live in harmony to keep themselves from danger. The other two describe how they should be organized and they say that everyone should have equal rights. Now, if everybody has the same amount of freedom, they should have the same amount of conditions. What if you ignore the conditions? Well, that's called breaking laws and it gets you to jail and in some societies, they still make you pay with life.
Who's more free? the man who obeys or the one who has no chains?
PS: you can look back at the picture and see who has more room in those panels.
Do you realize that you have just contradicted yourself? There are a lot of things to be said about people becoming animals fighing each other to the last human on earth, but "boring" would not be one of them. Worrying about the continuation of one's existence every second of one's life sounds rather too hectic to be boring.
One fairly general rule of life, though, is that if someone is in chains (s)he is usually a prisoner of *some* sort.
this speaks volumes to me. So many people reject the oppertunity to take the life they could be living, with all of the happiness, joy, warmth, and trade it for the cold, dark depressing life of the prison that is keeping them them there. If only people would just accept the key to unlocking there shackles, maybe the world would be a happier place for everyone. Amazing piece by the way.
AutumnPockyFeatured By OwnerJan 19, 2013Student General Artist
This speaks to me quite a bit. I know so many people, to whom I hold out a key to happiness and love, and they reject it, even though they are suffering and in chains. It's that helpless feeling; "But you could be free if only you would let go of your pride and unlock yourself"
Why do people make rules? Why do they believe in a god? Life would be boring if we were absolutely free. Not to mention, we would be animals fighting each other and the last man standing would be the last human on earth. Chains are society and civilization and he accepts them.
Keys, she'd handing him a bangle with a key on it. He's turning down that offer for freedom. :~P He's the prisoner by choice, because he still feels guilty and hasn't forgiven himself. Initially, I thought she was the prisoner by choice, choosing to do so so that she could free people. This is a beautiful picture, with lots of depth to it.
It's remind me how some people chose to imprison themselves in the sorrow, angry, hates, guilty feeling, and pain of the past. And reject the love from people around them which actually can set them free from their past shadows...