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Since the beginning of time, people were questioning the origin and nature of the universe. To simplify the subject's complexity, ancient philosophers divided everything into five leading groups or world elements. Ancient Greeks concept refers classically to five fundamentals: earth, water, air, fire, and aether or void, which is everything above the terrestrial earth. This last, extra-terrestrial element is fascinating. Generally, everything related to the cosmos, such as its origin, dynamics, and future, is scientifically studied by cosmology. Cosmology is defined as a set of scientific rules such as physical laws that manage the universe's cosmic realities.

However, western society has developed an additional pseudo-scientific fled - esotericism. Esotericism claims to possess a higher knowledge of the cosmos than simple physic laws. Esotericism states having a superior understanding of everything that relates to a human being. It is a trans-disciplinary study or interpretation of earth science, history, philosophy, religion, etc. Esotericism is supposed to be an answer to all questions humankind might have. In a way, it is the fifth element that holds everything together. The problem with esotericism is that scientific academia does not recognize it. Or recognize it but rather as a pseudo-science that is not worthy of academic examination. Here is the common ground for the classic Greek mythology that describes the heavenly nature of the fifth element as a pure essence that the gods breathed and an esoteric sense of the superior nature of things that governs our lives.

Interestingly enough, Japan has a similar historically scientific analogy to five elements, but the fifth one is different. Perhaps, due to the lack of religious influences, they considered the fifth element as creative energy. It is pure energy that gives us the ability to think and to design and to converse. It is the power that drives our spontaneity, imagination, and inventiveness. Personally, I would prefer this interpretation to any others. In my view, our ingenuity is the one that holds together the rest of the four elements. Without a human being, nothing makes much sense or purpose. There is no purpose to air since there is no one to breathe it; no purpose to stone since there is no anyone to build from it; fire to heat; water to cultivate.

That is perhaps why I depicted this massive air balloon - castle apparatus that comprises all five elements: stone, water, air, and fire. It is an apparatus that flows to the unknown driven by the fifth element – a human spirit.

(Title Rus) Пятый Элемент или Псевдо Эзотерическая Космология

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George Grie,  December 2016
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