Monday, October 14, 2013

Vanitas vanitatum omnia vanitas


Job 15:31 Let not him that is deceived trust in vanity:
for vanity shall be his recompense..


Pit bulls are reflections of their owner's vanity.

Status symbols.
 

Dogmen, who create monsters in the desire
to own and create the best fighting dogs.
Bloodlines which will forever trace to their names

In the pits, seeking legend and vanity
Shedding blood in the name of immortality.





The thugs who seek to intimidate,
using a dog as a symbol of the power of violence.
A weapon for the sadist. 


 

The fragile egos who need to compensate. 
Dogs as living cod-pieces.
Totems of mojo and rebellion
Mascots of the anti-social. 




 

The advocate who claims to rehabilitate,
Who re-Christen the fighting dog as an emblem

of second chances, rescue, and redemption,

but in reality redistributes cruelty and mayhem

  All in the guise of  good intention.
 



In the arts, vanitas is a type of symbolic work of art especially associated with still
 life painting in Flanders and the Netherlands in the 16th and 17th centuries, though also 
common in other places and periods. The Latin word means "vanity" and loosely translated corresponds to the meaninglessness of earthly life and the transient nature of all earthly
 goods and pursuits. Ecclesiastes 1:2;12:8 from the Bible is often quoted in conjunction 
with this term. The Vulgate (Latin translation of the Bible) renders the verse as  
Vanitas vanitatum omnia vanitas.[Eccl. 1:2;12:8] 

The verse is translated as Vanity of vanities; all is vanity by the 
King James Version of the Bible. Vanity is used here in its older (especially pre-14th century)
 sense of "futility". 

 Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless is the rendering by
 The New International Version of the Bible.

5 comments:

  1. Dogs as living cod-pieces.
    Totems of mojo and rebellion
    Mascots of the anti-social.


    :-)

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  2. "The advocate who claims to rehabilitate,
    Who re-Christen the fighting dog as an emblem
    of second chances, rescue, and redemption,

    but in reality redistributes cruelty and mayhem
    All in the guise of good intention."

    Wow!

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  3. I like this. I love art, and you taught me something new.

    Thanks

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  4. SUPER page... really interesting although short..
    BUT
    could you please remove the 'capital 'C'' on 're=chisten? it's a plain ole' verb and not a proper noun, it's just an action and not the name of a group. please... thanks.

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  5. Brilliantly put, insightful and very true!

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