the ferris wheel, by Elizabeth Luallen, 1991

the spinning of uncertainty

the spinning of uncertainty

We have all felt the spin of uncertainty, the turning of the unknown. Everyone stands back fascinated, bewildered at their own curiosity, and above all, worried as to the outcome.
But we all know how it will end: just as it has begun. We have paid admission for the ride, volunteered our lives in the turning pursuit that eventually brings us back down to earth. It’s all been simply an amusement ride. Or has it?

Elizabeth Luallen painted this picture in 1991 shortly before discovering she had terminal cancer. And yet, all along, she had suspected as much.
We go up, we go down, we go all around. And then, the ride is over; the pleasure past. All that awaits, is to find out whether we have one more ticket.

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