At the close of The Republic, Plato imagines the myth of Er, a warrior who was allowed, upon death, to observe the destiny of all souls, which either travel upward or downward in the universe, depending upon how they have lived their lives. In this account, good souls on the road to rebirth travel to the Spindle of Necessity, a shaft of intensely bright light that extends into the heavens and holds together all Creation. In modern terms, Er had a near-death experience yet somehow revived, if only to embrace his eternal literary life, sharing Plato's good news.
TITLE - Of Necessity"
WHERE - Inuit carvings through frosted glass in gallery window, Quebec City, Montreal (2019)