Elysium

 

All religions promote some kind of promised land of eternal happiness after death. The idea must have been to be encourage compassion and respect for everything around so as to be deserving of this great reward. But somewhere along the line, we seemed to have lost the plot and started engaging in violent forceful behaviour to gain entry into that Elysium. What made us believe in a myth so staunchly that we ignore the paradise we already are on and resort to destroying everything around us. The elysian fields do exist and we are already there.

Conceived, conceptualised and executed by Sandeep Dhopate

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Once upon a time there was a creature called man. Like all other creatures he had a simple collective identity © Sandeep Dhopate

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All Men lived in harmony. Life was peaceful © Sandeep Dhopate

Man hunted for survival just like all other creatures © Sandeep Dhopate

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Man ate to live and not live to eat © Sandeep Dhopate

Man built a shelter for himself just like all other creatures © Sandeep Dhopate

Then one Man came up with the idea of “Religion” © Sandeep Dhopate

He started to enforce his ideologies on all other Men. © Sandeep Dhopate

To prove himself right, Man used the tools, meant for survival, to threaten other Men to heed to him. © Sandeep Dhopate

Man became violent © Sandeep Dhopate

The weaker Man had no choice but to abide © Sandeep Dhopate

The ones who didn’t abide were not allowed to exist © Sandeep Dhopate

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Apparently, entry into a mythical paradise after death is what he was after © Sandeep Dhopate

Wise Men came along and spoke about compassion and mutual respect © Sandeep Dhopate

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And so the Men seemed to live in perfect harmony with others and nature. © Sandeep Dhopate

But, to this day, that harmony is anything but real. © Sandeep Dhopate

And so the cycle of subordination continues. © Sandeep Dhopate

Man’s nature is to oppose in order to stand out. Instinctively, all want to be part of a herd and still be different. © Sandeep Dhopate

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Man and his endless quest for the elusive Elysium continues to wreak havoc in his paradise called “Earth” – destroying it bit by bit. © Sandeep Dhopate