“Creating some meaning…”
I have recently been watching a series about men in prisons entitled “Lock-up”. The series examines life behind bars particularly for men sentenced to “life without the possibility of parole.” These men know they are where they will eventually die. No outings for them, no change of scenery, no chance to get away from there, like getting to the end of the line but unable to get off of the bus. Many of these men create diversions for themselves from the numbness of their lives. Some get involved in art, poetry-writing, song-writing, body-building, even saddle restoration!
When asked by the filmmaker why one man made artwork that no one would ever see, the man said that by creating artwork he was also creating some meaning in the midst of a meaningless life. The work made him happy within the context of a profoundly unhappy existence. How many of us live…
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