The Intersection of Art, Time, Death, Ancient Philosophy, and Eclecticism…

Art is long, life is short
phrase of art
  1. proverb
    there is so much knowledge (or skill) to acquire that a lifetime is not sufficient.


Quote by Hippocrates, a Greek physician said to be such an outstanding practitioner of medicine that he is credited with being the “Father of Modern Medicine”. He was one of the first to believe that diseases came about naturally rather than from Gods or because of ancient superstition.

Little is known about Hippocrates other than that he was born sometime around the year 460 BC on the Greek island of Kos.

We have such a fleeting time on this earth, yet we have so much to accomplish, learn, experience, ect. Death is the one thing in life that you can rest assured will come as it is inevitable, but it is not to be feared as death is simply the cessation of life. During this experience of life, I strive to be as eclectic as possible, meaning one that derives ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources. 

We tend to forget the teachings of the ancient philosophers who found eclecticism a particularly covetous trait.



  1. belonging to a class of ancient philosophers who did not belong to or found any recognized school of thought but selected such doctrines as they wished from various schools.
 I find this to be a great quality to have developed during this fleeting experience of life. Eclectism has led me to develop an appetite for knowledge, a thirst for experiencing higher realms of consciousness, and a unquenchable curiosity about the vast universe around us during my time here on this planet.
Art is also a way I believe we can make use of our time here on Earth as the act of creating something that will dually transcend our eclipsing lifetimes and leave an impact on others generations beyond our mortal grasp is truly the way to breaking the biological limitations of life. Lawren Harris says it best, “Art is the beginning of vision into the realm of eternal life.”
I am curious to hear your own reasoning, plans, and desires for your own life on this planet in the comments below, but in the meantime, I leave you with this quote from the ancients:
Vita brevis, ars longa,occasio praeceps,experimentum periculosum,iudicium difficile.

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David X

Writer. Blogger. 21 Years Young. Interested in Black Liberation, Social Justice, Art, and Wealth. “The high-minded man must care more for the truth than for what people think.” - Aristotle

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