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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Shadow


Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
Abraham Lincoln

3 comments:

  1. Trees are three-dimensional,
    shadows are flat...

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  2. Shadow depends on light, where it comes from and what´s its brightness. In order to minimize the difference between real thing and image one can set a quantity of sources of light. That´s the way they do in theatre.

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  3. This theme is similar to the theme of the 25th of january and the 20th of february. Lincoln is probably right, at least in some moments, and also the saying that even dwarfs have a big shadow, when the sun of a cultural movement is rising or setting down seems pointful.

    If one's attention is focusing on common human facts, one has to develope a sense of completeness. Confutius is probably a good example.

    Otherwise the risk is randomness on one hand, or on the other hand the temptation to overpaint arbitrarily a single aspect characteristic of one's own present time and immediate past.

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