Arts and Death Instinct

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“Artist are attracted to death like moths attracted to a light bulb. And soon they start to see life from death’s point of view. As if looking at the light from darkness, it shines brightly. And He who overcomes all that is the true artist. Overcomes death and becomes a monster.”
-Thanatos

Quoted from Love Shuffle.

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Thanatos noun (Concise Encyclopedia)
Ancient Greek personification of death. He was the son of Nyx, goddess of night, and brother to Hypnos, god of sleep. He appeared to humans to carry them off to the underworld when the time allotted to them by the Fates had expired. Thanatos was once defeated by Heracles, who wrestled him to save the life of Alcestis, and he was tricked by Sisyphus, who wanted a second chance at life.

Medical Definition of THANATOS

: death instinct

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Eros noun \ˈer-ˌäs, ˈir-\

Definition of EROS

1 : the Greek god of erotic love — compare cupid
2 : the sum of life-preserving instincts that are manifested as impulses to gratify basic needs, as sublimated impulses, and as impulses to protect and preserve the body and mind — compare death instinct
3 a : love conceived by Plato as a fundamental creative impulse having a sensual element
b often not capitalized : erotic love or desire

Eros noun \ˈe(ə)r-ˌäs, ˈi(ə)r-\
Medical Definition of EROS

: the sum of life-preserving instincts that are manifested as impulses to gratify basic needs (as sex), as sublimated impulses motivated by the same needs, and as impulses to protect and preserve the body and mind—called also life instinct; compare death instinct

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Just like the ying and yang. Our life is divided between eros and thanatos. Either to be covered by eros or thanatos. Its our choice. You decide.

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