posted on Sep, 8 2011 @ 08:24 PM
My avatar is the so-called "Tytler Cycle," named after 18th Scottish historian Alexander Tytler, who postualted these steps as a repeating cycle in
history. I see it as going beyond the history of nations and standing as a kind of fractal pattern that reproduces itself at all levels of human
activity: in individuals, markets, nations, and even phenomena like art, literature, etc. On a personal level, we all go through a similar cycle (if
you are athiest you can sustitute something else for spiritual faith, like some kind of hope or dream that gets you fired up.). Not only with money
and material goods but with anything.
The cycle in the avatar looks like a kind of crown to me, which is why I chose the byline "heavy lies the crown." It is a heavy, tarnished,
imperfect crown, with highlights of spiritual achievement and abudnance, but streaked through also with the darker tones of bondage, apathy, and
selfishness. It is the crown we all must wear in this world, as we seek to survive, sometimes achieving great loftiness and sometimes truging through
pain and misery. To achieve anything is to wear a crown, but so often the crown comes at the price of great heaviness.