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A lot of life boils down to whether a person will be able to realize his fantasies or else end up surviving only through compromises he can't face up to. The way I figure it, Heaven and Hell are right here on Earth. Heaven is living in your hopes, and Hell is living in your fears. It's up to each individual which one he chooses. The concept of afterlife Heaven is documented well enough in Christianity and other present religions; however, its origin is somewhat different and rather unclear. It is defined mostly as a World to Come rather than the Kingdom of Heaven. Judaism does not explain plainly what happens to one after death. The after-death future is mysterious and has no guidance about what is to come. The only certainty is that each man must die - beyond that, we can only guess. I gave this subject matter a bit of consideration. Hence, this image is the result of my views on the matter. As the saying goes, where there is Heaven, there is Hell. No one knows one’s time to come or go. It may happen at any given moment, let’s say, while walking in an autumn parkway. Our reality is deemed as a lobby before the World to Come. One has to prepare oneself in the lobby so that one may enter the banquet hall. While it is quite elegant concept, other teachings have different theories. There are several heavens In Buddhism, all of which are part of so-called illusionary reality. Even staying in Buddhist heaven is temporary. Because of that, heaven is not a final destination but rather a limbo before reaching total enlightenment or the mental state of Nirvana. In many languages, heaven is the same as the word - sky.

Surprisingly enough, early Judaism had no concept of Hell as well. Still, it had a sort of mystical place, a grave initially and in later times a Limbo where one becomes finally aware of one's life shortcomings and wrongdoing actions. Hell is not precisely a physical presence in Jewish teachings; it is an intense feeling of shame. People are suffering in Hell from being ashamed of their wrongs, and their misery makes up for evil actions. However, the gates of return are always open, so one can align his will with that of God and return to the World to Come at any moment. This concept of forgiveness is in line with the Christian Universal Reconciliation, which believes that all human souls would be ultimately reconciled with God and admitted to Heaven. The idea of Hell is a highly influential subject to everybody. It does not matter if you believe in it or not. It is always somewhere around; in movies, books, language. Jean-Paul Sartre, in his play No Exit, explores the idea that "Hell is other people." That is hard to argue sometimes ;)

I have never been into horror or fantasy world imagery. These genres have just never appealed to me as a worthy subject matter. Yet, here it is, the latest mage that has all the glory of angels, judgment day semiology, Themis-Femida, and a grim reaper. The stairway to heaven’s title derived to me from the previous work, Led Zeppelin. It is one of the most popular in the seventies, and the English rock band's inspirational soundtracks which often referred to as one of the greatest rock songs of all time. The eight-minute composition is a real divine revelation and has three sections, each progressively increasing in tempo and volume. However, the song lyric released in late 1971 is somewhat disappointing, messy, and incoherent. The song's lyrics, which is about “a woman getting everything she wanted all the time without giving back any thought or consideration,” does not fit the title, even remotely. Besides, the original album’s illustration of the stairway is nothing short of triviality. To incorporate and simplify all the life sequence ambiguity, I divided the picture, just like Zeppelin’s song, into three parts. There is Reality as autumn forestry, a Purgatory as a rundown hallway lobby, and up-and-down flights of stairs to Heaven and Hell. “The mind is a universe and can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.” ― John Milton

(Title Rus) Лестница в Небо или Лестница в Ад?

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George Grie,  July 2014
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