I love how these two pictures are such different manifestations of the same idea. I've been thinking a lot about the presence of light and dark dichotomy in the human psyche... we are so drawn to light and adverse to the concept of darkness.
Look at creation stories:
The bible for example (Christian and Jewish)
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning —the first day.
Egyptian Creation has a similar beginning:
In the beginning there was only water, a chaos of churning, bubbling water, this the Egyptians called Nu or Nun. It was out of Nu that everything began. Then the sun god Ra emerged out of primeval chaos. Ra gave light to the universe. There is additionally the daily battle between the sun god Ra and the night god Set.
This is repeated time and time again in so many myths. Why???
I've been thinking beyond this - in a bible study recently one of the girls was reading a verse and said "life has been so hard lately, I feel like I've been seeing the world in black and white. This seems like it promises color." Which made me think about the concept of color...
We can't see color without light. This is the promise of creation, of God, of life... light enables us to perceive the entire spectrum of beauty that this life has to offer. Every aspect of our physical reality comes into view in the light. We CAN SEE -- we are enlightened -- we are AWAKENED. Without light, our lives would have no color.
These pictures show this... life in the natural state is colorful, plush, and soft. In contrast, life as industry is stark and offers no hope, no color...