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EXISTENCE

“We always find something, eh Didi, to give us the impression we exist?”, Gogo asked Didi.  “Yes, yes, we're magicians.” Didi replied.

 

My work was inspired by the existentialist play Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett. In the show, two men, Vladimir (Didi) and Estragon (Gogo) are waiting for a third person, Godot, to arrive, but Godot never came. The show questions the reason of human existence on the earth and suggests that life itself has no meaning and full of suffering. Meanwhile, another existentialism writer Jean Paul Sartre wrote in his book Nausea, “...life begins on the other side of despair.” My interpretation is that everyone in the world is searching for their own meaning of life, and to understand the meaning of life and to live it properly one has to go through a transformation – he has to experience disappointment, confusion and even despair. It requires great energy and enthusiasm to construct one’s own meaning of life. The ability to do so is what makes our experience of living in the world so meaningful and glorious.