For Day 28 of #Inktober2020, we got the cue word, “Float.” #Inktober
Look, we all knew “float” would end up somewhere like this. My penchant for the macabre in October notwithstanding, I wasn’t going to do some overrated clown with balloons.
And so sometimes a drawing, or any choice, can take on an air of inevitability. It’s got some sense of it, some characteristic of the unavoidable. But that’s the rub. We resign ourselves to the idea of the inevitable to the point that we’ve become off-hand dismissive of free will when it suits our philosophies of the moment. But each choice is still a choice.
I considered several different concepts, but came back to this one not because I lacked free will. It’s because I made a decision weighted by several factors. Once they all came together, my choice was still changeable.
Even after I committed pen to paper, it was changeable. There were several different times during #Inktober where I would scrap something at an early stage. “Armor” went through so many changes that, facing a deadline, I went with an easy choice that I wound up hating. I had no less than 4 different concepts started before I just went for the low-hanging fruit and a simple drawing of Iron Man’s earliest outfit.
I refuse to believe in the death of free will or the lack of choice. We may limit ourselves through laziness and levels of addiction, but each day is a labyrinth of choices. It always will be. Don’t waste them. Some of them are minor, and focusing too much on one decision can lead to choice paralysis.
But what a glorious life that our Creator gave us, full of free will and opportunities for change. Kinda mind blowing, really.
The usual disclaimer applies as always. If you like it, that’s great. If you don’t, that’s OK too. I’m just trying to stay in the habit of sharing things.
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