Within our indifferent, self-absorbed, self-satisfying modern lives we find ourselves in, we feel we are our own entity. Man comes into this world with nothing but a naked selfishness and a “Me” mentality, then leaves this world behind many times the same way as he came, but perhaps even more so. As the saying goes, “ the one with the most toys wins,”.... but you can't take it with you when you go. So the self absorbence is like the dog chasing his tail, life becomes numb and questions its existence.
Man's search for purpose, meaning, and relationships seems never ending, and this search can leave a desperation from within that is hard to live with. Even the famous French painter, Paul Gauguin, selfishly left his family, to find freedom in the islands of Tahiti, and to escape the conformity of life that surrounded him. He was searching and thought he would find through basic living, a more reasonable and meaningful life. His great painting “Vision after the Sermon” that is displayed in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, shows that man has no answers; he had written on this painting so no one would mistake its meaning, … “Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Do We Go?” After this painting Gauguin tried to commit suicide but was not successful.