In 1764, William Hogarth published his last engraving, The Bathos, or the Manner of Sinking in Sublime Paintings inscribed to Dealers in Dark Pictures , depicting Father Time lying exhausted in a scene of destruction, parodying the fashion at that time for " sublime " works of art, and satirising criticisms made of Hogarth's own works. It may also be seen as a vanitas or memento mori , foreshadowing Hogarth's death six months later. Headed Tail Piece , it was intended as the tailpiece for a bound edition of Hogarth's engravings.
Read the epic of Gilgamesh and Mesopotamian stories of the flood, creation, and others. Only recently found – 1800′s and recently understood. Read Tablet X of the Epic of Gilgamesh and then compare to ECCLESIASTES 9:7-9. Herbews took the stories of the Babylonians while in captivity. They copied their stories (see and used them for their own. Christians then did the same. THIS HAS BEEN SHOWN BY SCHOLARS AND EVIDENCE FROM ARCHEOLOGICAL FINDINGS. It is one big lie that we live. We must go back to our roots and reestablish the truth, justice, moderation, and equality. Learn Ancient Greek and read pre-christian works and you will see the truth. Herakles, Dionysus, etc… were humans but seen as gods which were born of a human mother but had a god as their father. Jesus is the same story told over again and again. Put the stories you have learned in the context of history not the year 2010. Herakles raised people form the dead, performed miracles, etc. Dionysus was denied by others that he was a god. Doesn’t this sound familiar? Ancient sources were destroyed by Christians because they did not want you to know the truth. Voltaire was on the right track about religion but didn’t know about DNA or the Epic of Gilgamesh. From this we can deduce that we have the story wrong. Christians kill, Hebrews have stolen a land from others based on false pretenses and lies. The tradition now continues in Islam which suppresses women and cultures. The question is what do we do about it? People live with morals and values that are not based on religion everyday. The Ancients did the same. Why can’t we. One people, one moral code, one life. Enough is enough with war and death. Particular providence makes more sense. We are all the same. We are human beings. Know your past.
That history haunts today’s hit parade. As long as schlock is on the charts, the past is never far away. Schlock believes in yesterday : in auld lang syne , in the way we were , in the summer of ’69 . Cultural historians tell us that homesickness is the American way , the primal condition of a nation of immigrants and road-weary nomads. So perhaps it’s not surprising that schlock nostalgia has flourished in our popular music. You’ll hear schlock whenever a plaintive melody is hitched to a lyric that yearns hopelessly for a vanished yesteryear: when the crooner pines for a white Christmas “just like the ones I used to know” or the pop diva mourns the one that got away . The past moves through schlock in surprising ways. At the turn of the 20th century, Tin Pan Alley songwriters revived the “ back to Dixie ” trope that was a staple of blackface minstrelsy, churning out countless songs about train rides home to the pastoral South. In 1973, Gladys Knight and the Pips revived the revival, taking “ Midnight Train to Georgia ” to the top of the charts; and it was Knight’s hit that inspired keyboardist and songwriter Jonathan Cain to place Journey’s small-town girl and city boy on a “midnight train going anywhere” in “Don’t Stop Believin’.” Decades and centuries pass; revolutions, musical and otherwise, remake the world. The schlock train keeps chugging along.