One of my favorite books of 2019 is Ted Chiang's "Exhalation". It speaks volumes through stories that appear to be Science Fiction but are actually about human reality and decision-making. See below, the full quote from "Exhalation" that led to the title of my newest painting.
"Pretend that you have free will. It's essential that you behave as if your decisions matter, even though you know they don't. The reality isn't important; what's important is your belief, and believing the lie is the only way to avoid a waking coma. Civilization now depends on self-deception. Perhaps it always has,"
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