NIKON D3100 / NIKOR 18-55mm & Macro Lens
Ma ARTSCIENCE, Den Haag - 1st year of studies // Live Life, Life Live #2 workshop - Waag Society
Undeniably, defining life and death became quite challenging since the time of Aristotle and for the modern scientists and philosophers, especially on the grounds of life being “a process and not a substance”. What are the characteristics of a living organism? As living are considered the organisms that are featuring the following characteristics: homeostasis, organization, metabolism, growth, response to stimuli and reproduction.What are the characteristics of a dead organism? Death is the termination of all biological functions that sustain a living organism. The dead bodies begin to decompose shortly after death. However, what happens after that? Does the inanimate flesh cease to be alive?
I am not sure if there is a direct answer to this question. According to Genesis, God made the protoplast out of mud offering him the most valuable thing people seek which is immortality. Nevertheless, after committing the Original Sin, the protoplasts became mortals being acquainted the fear of decay and perishability. As a consequence, after death, the bodies of the living beings return to mud and this is where decomposition by decomposers starts. It seems that everything is part of an invisible stream where everything is connected. The principle of the food chain is a modern representation of the Plato’s cosmic serpent. As confusing and abstruse as it seems it makes sense. With death comes life and with life comes death. Consequently, life is perceived as a constant cycle that begins anew as soon as it ends.
Socrates, in Plato’s Phaedo, posed an interesting opinion a little before taking the conium. He said that any philosopher shouldn’t be afraid of dying since what really matters is not human’s mortal body but the inner core, the soul. The psyche is the very essential feature that keeps the body alive. When death comes for human, the mortal part of his is being dissolved, however the deathless part continues to exist since it is infinite. Since the ancient years human gluttonously seek ways to taste the nectar of immortality and become infinite. Despite the fact that human managed to predict nature or tame wild beasts, even intervene evolution, the only thing he was unable of doing was to control death. That stems from the vanity of existence and the agony of humankind to take control over time and space.