confidence in the (vacuous) orb

17 02 2014

There are so many things that vie for our attention and our confidence. Notice me, trust me. I’m shiny! I’m new! I’m interesting for a minute. Oh, didn’t I tell you I was empty. Vacuous.

It’s not a new phenomenon, but there are more and more vacuous things competing in ever more clever ways. Like Victorian follies designed to look good but empty of substance, we get so easily caught up and distracted and mesmerised. 

This beautiful cartoon from Miriam Kendrick is a parable for our time. It’s sad, yes. And it’s about… what? It could be the internet, or fame, or self-help gurus; it could be about politics, sport or religion. Whatever it is that mesmerises us, tricks us, and leaves us empty.

What is your orb?

Please check out Miriam’s website for more great cartoons, and sign up for her free stuff! And if you prefer a different picture, here’s a genuine folly, from the Belton Estate in Grantham:

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2 responses

18 02 2014
fireflyby

Great picture… but Miriam’s is stunning. What talent! x

18 02 2014
Kevin

Yes she’s v good! Couldn’t resist using the cartoon, hopefully more people will visit her site (and but stuff!).

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