Genie. Picture

Do you remember him? He's the guy from "Ruling the world..." [link]
I like the first picture, but I thought he needed to be drawn again in a slightly different fashion.
I did "Ruling the world" about two years ago ; last year, when I started reading poetry for an essay we had to do about it, I stumbled on the poem "Génie" by Rimbaud. Somewhat, it struck me that the poem was talking about him, or something not much different. And it came to me as an evidence that my picture, Génie, and the people who geniunely talk about a god, may not be aluding to things really dissimilar.
I thought I had to do a picture that would make this stand out more, and give him some of the features I associate him with.
It would be silly, of course, when I associate him with the idea of god, to think that such being does exist. It's a representation of abstract ideas, a bit like "Génie". Maybe that's how religions are created, actually. Some find abstract ideas beautiful, and to show it, they make symbols for them, or praise them. And that's how art and poetry are being born. Then later, other come that see the symbols, the words, but not the ideas, and start believing that it's the symbols and words that are real. And that's how religions are being born.

PS : you can find Rimbaud's poem Génie translated into English here : [link]

Some updates on the ideas I had there :
I've had some more information on the link between religion, abstract ideas, and representation. Some people think that mythological gods don't really stand for precise abstract ideas, but that they come first, and then abstract concepts are derived from them. Reminds me of what my philosophy teacher said last year that mythical thought (mythical, as in thought in images) came first, and then came conceptual thought, because it was more complex. In fact, images would express concepts that are not quite defined. This would be a rather spiffy definition for the Génie. Allegory of a non-existing concept.
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