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Where There Is No Darkness by EnuoCale Where There Is No Darkness by EnuoCale
Now, I hope I don't have to bash you over the head in order to explain the symbolism here. Presumably the color scheme should be obvious at least.

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Based on the LAW ending from Strange Journey, obviously. Note that the ending (like this art based on it) is supposed to be constructed to be ambiguous, and give different but related ideas based on who views it. [link]

The title of course is part of a quote from 1984. The original title was of course just "Christofascism," which conveyed the idea a little better, but it seemed too generic to keep.
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BlackInfinity666 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cool, love the gas mask and the contrast of the image.
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QuinneStranger Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Student Photographer
I love the symbolism and eclectic presentation. It'll be feature later today.
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Imaginalex Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice, i see what you did there.
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TESM Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I'm afraid I still don't understand.
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EnuoCale Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Ugh. Maybe I'll have to rewrite the description after all. The black and white represents black and white morality. As a secondary, though harder to decipher thing it represents the infinite light constantly in the background, and how everything on earth seems irrevocably dark by comparison, (Especially of course the fallen humans.) even items used to represent it which we only understand as composed through limited knowledge.

And, as is a common theme among certain subcultures, the gas mask often represents fascism, (and also the title, as a 1984 quote.) which is meant to show how people view these things: that is, that the immense moral requirements seem oppressive to some people who wish to live their lives the way they please. Though obviously the standing at attention even without encouragement shows that that doesn't mean it's necessarily something forced after all, but could be something people choose to follow all the same once understood, even with the limitations it creates, because the benefits outweigh them.

It's hard to explain without the full context of the thing it's based on, though, even WITH the video. It's meant to show single ideologies represented from both how they're viewed negatively and positively at the same time, in order for people to understand the full connotations of what they represent.

Also, kind of based on those songs they make for kids about being in the Lord's army. :paranoid:
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TESM Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I guess. I suppose others who live even immoderate lives see moderation (no religious connotation necessary) as difficult and oppressive.

"Though obviously the standing at attention even without encouragement shows that that doesn't mean it's necessarily something forced after all, but could be something people choose to follow all the same once understood, even with the limitations it creates, because the benefits outweigh them. "

This image certainly did not convey that to me. If would have to be an accepted norm of what you said above, so only an inner circle could decipher this.

"in order for people to understand the full connotations of what they represent."

I'm afraid I don't understand the use of "full" connotations (as a term).
Do you mean merely what you said above, or something else?
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EnuoCale Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
"Full" in this context means that one going in actually has to realize that to be a member one has to follow the rules, which to them may appear somewhat strict at first. You can't decide that you can just pretend that Jesus is "totally a cool guy" who will be okay with someone pretending they follow something, without actually upholding the spirit of the doctrine.

Most people misunderstand this, and say things like "Well, you can believe in any different range of point of view of modes of action, etc in any religion... you don't have to follow this specific line of thinking, etc..." entirely missing the point of what religion is.
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JooPe Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011
Out of curiosity, what exactly do you consider the 'true' teaching(s)/way of christianity?
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EnuoCale Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
That espoused by the continuation of those who created it, presumably. Though I think that there are also some obvious things which it implies that didn't make it through, and are rarely talked about in modern day.
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JooPe Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011
You are suggesting an absolutely concrete, puritanical following though. A concrete, puritanical following of 'what'? Of the teachings jesus allegedly set forth, or also all the stuff later added in by people with an agenda?
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EnuoCale Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Despite being part of the purpose, the people with an agenda are merely superficial. If one wanted, they could replace them to stay more in line with what are obviously meant to be the main points. Most of which aren't disputed by any real people to any major degree. Everything else can be changed by those inclined.

Either that, or people failed to realize I made a random picture, based on the ending of a game, and halfassed together explanations for it after the fact. Despite it more or less admitting that in the text. Still applies, though.
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TESM Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I would mostly agree with this, though I would caution you and others that religion does not necessarily destroy individuality in doing this.

yes, there are "buffet" versions of people of various faiths, and yes, there are those who think any range of belief is simply okay "as is."

Yet, at the same time, experience obviously teaches us that we are all at different stages in our lives in most aspects. I have seen this argued too many times not to preemptively mention it here: a religion calls for universal truths and principles, but in many cases these are the basis by which one acts and not absolute (in a completely unqualified sense).
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Tuskface Featured By Owner May 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Man, this is late. Sorry! :iconcryforeverplz:

Let's go: first off, the image is powerful. The black and white along with the symbolism used is effective, and immediately draws the eye in. However, a bit more of an explanation (for stupid little n00bs like myself :bow:) may help ;)

Otherwise, I think you've got some great stuff going down here ;)
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CrY-sTaLlInE Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Is this relating to religion and warfare? Based on the floating cross with the body of Christ, and the mask, I think it's pretty scary the ideas people can view without any other way to understand.
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EnuoCale Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
The warfare part is kind of just a metaphor for fighting for something in general.

Ultimately, from the thing it's based on, it's supposed to be about the high price of siding with any ideal in general, but the other sides are a bit harder to represent. I haven't found a reasonable way, yet.
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inspired-impressions Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Professional Photographer
Nice concept, but I would clone out the object on the far left. What is it, a cabinet? For me, it distracts from an otherwise strong piece.
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Queen-of-Disturbia Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011
I like this. :icongrumpplz:
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