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NEMESIS by mistertrece NEMESIS by mistertrece
Aerosol spray, ashes and kleenex on canvas, 2 coffee, 4 cigarettes. PLEASE LISTEN TO THIS SONG… READING THE TEXT AND WATCHING THE IMAGE FOR TO CATCH THE VIBE.

I used the ashes of the cigarettes, it was an accident but i started to paint with it and i found a new brand tool for my crap.

ATTENTION: THE IMAGE IS A METAPHOR OF THE GOOD AND EVIL INSIDE US. Once again, if you feel som kind of offense watching the image, my apologies. I´m not trying to attack nobody, i just paint whatever i want. Feel free to express yourself, but if you want to discuss about it, note me. I used the most popular icons of good and evil of my culture, it dont means im trying to attack your religion, whatever it is.

Since the dawn of time mystics and religious leaders have tried to discern what types of spirits are behind the events of the world. Importantly, were they good spirits or evil ones? In traditional religions shamans and the like would have the important duty of contacting spirits and finding out if they were benevolent or malevolent1. Throughout the middle ages priests would bring in revenue doing exactly the same thing. New Agers and modern mystics pride themselves on how they can "feel" if a spirit in a particular room or location is good or evil, helpful or harmful.

It holds that if we have free will to choose our actions whilst alive, and that our life comes from our soul, then our soul is what has free will. Our bodies are just biochemical machines; those who believe in free will and souls no doubt hold that it is the soul that allows free will to be exerted upon our otherwise mindless bodies. As the source of free will, the soul must also have free will after bodily death.

This means that you cannot have spirits that are good or evil: They are capable of free will just as any other higher life. To say that a spirit is "evil" or "harmful" or "bad" is saying that it has no free will to act haphazardly. Although some humans seem to be almost purely evil, and some humans almost always attempt to do good, the vast majority exist in the middle ground. Spirits, at least the ones that are departed humans, continue to have free will and no doubt continue to mostly occupy the middle ground, being sometimes good, sometimes bad.

The Human subconscious and environmental factors determine if we find a particular place spooky or whether we think a good or evil spirit might reside there. Most the time it is human projection. But given the existence of free will it seems that no spirit is either "good" or "evil": They will sometimes be good, sometimes be evil, just like Human beings. In addition, evil spirits can trick us into thinking they are good spirits, and sometimes even the most kind and benevolent person simply comes across as nasty (like God in the Old Testament): It is dangerous and wrong to pronounce that spirits are "good" or "evil", benevolent or malevolent.

Dualism (from the Latin word duo meaning "two") denotes a state of two parts. The term 'dualism' was originally coined to denote co-eternal binary opposition, a meaning that is preserved in metaphysical and philosophical duality discourse but has been diluted in general or common usages. Dualism can refer to moral dualism, ( the conflict between good and evil), mind-body or mind-matter dualism (Cartesian Dualism) or physical dualism ( the Chinese Yin and Yang).

Moral dualism is the belief of the great complement or conflict between the benevolent and the malignant.
Moral dualism does not imply the absence of monist or monotheistic principles. Moral dualism simply implies that there are two moral opposites at work, independent of any interpretation of what might be "moral" and - unlike ditheism/bitheism - independent of how these may be represented.

For example, Mazdaism (Mazdean Zoroastrianism) is both dualistic and monotheistic (but not monist by definition) since in that philosophy God—the Creator—is purely good, and the antithesis—which is also uncreated—is an absolute one. Zurvanism (Zurvanite Zoroastrianism), Manichaeism and Mandaeism, are representative of dualistic and monist philosophies since each has a supreme and transcendental First Principle from which the two equal-but-opposite entities then emanate. This is also true for the lesser-known Christian gnostic religions, such as Bogomils, Catharism, and so on.

More complex forms of monist dualism also exist, for instance in Hermeticism, where Nous "thought" - that is described to have created man - brings forth both good and evil, dependent on interpretation, whether it receives prompting from the God or from the Demon. Duality with pluralism is considered a logical fallacy.

Moral dualism began as a theological belief. Dualism was first seen implicitly in Egyptian Religious beliefs by the contrast of the Gods Set (disorder, death) and Osiris (order, life). The first explicit conception of dualism came from the Ancient Persian Religion of Zoroastrianism around the mid-fifth century BC. Zoroastrianism is a monotheistic religion that believes that Ahura Mazda is the eternal creator of all good things. Any violations of Ahura Mazda's order arise from druj, which is everything uncreated. From this comes a significant choice for humans to make.

The religious dualism of Christianity is not a perfect dualism as God (good) will inevitably destroy Satan (evil). Early Christian Dualism is largely based on Platonic Dualism. There is also a personal dualism in Christianity with a soul-body distinction based on the idea of an immaterial Christian Soul.

Alternatively, dualism can mean the tendency of humans to perceive and understand the world as being divided into two overarching categories. In this sense, it is dualistic when one perceives a tree as a thing separate from everything surrounding it, or when one perceives a "self" that is distinct from the rest of the world. In traditions such as classical Hinduism, Zen Buddhism or Islamic Sufism, a key to enlightenment is "transcending" this sort of dualistic thinking, without merely substituting dualism with monism or pluralism.

In philosophy of mind, dualism is any of a narrow variety of views about the relationship between mind and matter, which claims that mind and matter are two ontologically separate categories. In particular, mind-body dualism claims that neither the mind nor matter can be reduced to each other in any way, and thus is opposed to materialism in general, and reductive materialism in particular. Mind-body dualism can exist as substance dualism which claims that the mind and the body are composed of a distinct substance, and as property dualism which claims that there may not be a distinction in substance, but that mental and physical properties are still categorically distinct, and not reducible to each other. This type of dualism is sometimes referred to as "mind and body" and stands in contrast to philosophical monism, which views mind and matter as being ultimately the same kind of thing.

In some cultures, people (or also other beings) are believed to have two (or more) kinds of soul. In several cases, one of these souls is associated with body functions (and is sometimes thought to disappear after death, but not always), and the other one is able to leave the body (for example, a shaman's free-soul may be held to be able to undertake a spirit journey). The plethora of soul types may be even more complex.

In recent years, but far after European Imperialism, the distinction between "eastern" and "western" philosophy has been less significant than in previous times. In the wake of these changes new religious and philosophical movements have drawn freely upon many of the world's religions to attract new initiates
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WhiteOrchyd Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, this is one beautiful metaphor. Love his hornes, pure perfection. And colours... I can't even.

One of the kind, I am so happy that I found you here on DA, you have no idea.
KellyNGin Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Our son hahahahahahahahahaha
mistertrece Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hahahahahahahha  heeel yes!!!! Thats how a baby can grow up with parents like us!!! :D Love 
Lordm0th Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Lucifer is the Light and His Keeper... and can be exactly like this.. Horned. My work about Solomonic gates and prismatic colours decomposition goes for you Nemesis 100%.
MagaliClaire Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is the perfect representation of a human being, using our symbolism from the bible. Brilliant.
mistertrece Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're so lovely. Im so glad you like it, i've a story to tell and i think you'll like it.

Before to finish it, i thought something didnt work. Funny thing, i was smoking and the ashes of the cigarette felt on the canvas.

And now.... part of the shadow work is made with it :-) and i've another cheap tool for to use!
RucaZombie Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! Impresionante, simplemente encantadora imagen!!! 
mistertrece Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW gracias!! Usé cenizas de cigarrillo en las sombras de los cuernos y la ropa, se me calló por accidente y acabé usandolas :D

Muchas gracias por tus comentarios, realmente sienta genial que alguien como tú le guste lo que hago!
RucaZombie Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
En serio? ja Que genial, es un trabajo "orgánico" jajaja y muy excelente el resultado!
mistertrece Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:p Siempre hago experimentos, tengo una obra que esta hecha solo con algodon, y uso un kleenex como pincel siempre... soy como un doctor Frankestein que bebe demasiado cafe!
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