Lovely brother José is now somewhere life is not the same as in earth. I hope when it will be my turn to die, he will open his arms like in this picture to show me the way, so I won’t be afraid.
Attributed to William H. Rau (American, 1855-1920) Frozen Falls, Watkins Glen, NY, transparency, gelatin on glass, ca. 1900, Gift of 3M Company; ex collection Louis Walton Sipley, George Eastman House Collection
Pages from my ‘Levels of Complexity’ project, in which I wanted to explore ways in which I could communicate biology and science-based information in a more accessible illustrative style. I hoped to inspire some amount of awe at just how much is going on ‘beneath the surface,’ such as cells, tissues, organs, processes, etc within our bodies and our environment.
Question: out of curiosity are you a religious man or atheist?
Atheist relative to the Biblical God, otherwise agnostic. I’m inclined to believe in a Creator of some incomprehensible kind, but the universe is endlessly, frightfully wondrous and the Biblical Man-God is just a little too human to be taken seriously. I do sometimes sit in an Armenian church when the mood strikes me, way back in the balcony where no one goes. The smell of the incense is soothing to me and I light a candle for my mother when she asks me to, out of respect for her.
The Bible is fantastic literature, though; boil up a good mint tea and flip through.The bits with all the smiting and raping and foreskin mutilating in particular are good, wholesome, family fun.
Horticulture students in the greenhouse, ca. 1900via