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Focus on Technology Distracts from Impending Death [EOL in Art 195]

This 1932 work by Peter Blume is called “Light of the World.”  It is an allegorical critique of modernity and the unquestioning embrace of progress.  The four figures are transfixed by the bright light of a fantastical lamp whose brilliance contrasts with the darkening sky.

This scene reminds me of so many medical futility conflicts where the family is transfixed by the bright light of ICU technology that they do not notice or mind the darkening clouds of the patient’s impending death.

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