Ecclesiastes 3:11 reads “He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” (NIV) But it can also be translated as “but he has also placed ignorance in the human heart so that people cannot discover what God has ordained from the beginning to the end of their lives.” (New English Translation) Interestingly, “ignorance” can also be interpreted as “darkness.” This verse provided the inspiration for the work.
eternityintheirhearts explores the dichotomy between ideas of eternity and the realities of human limits. Human lives are described by the beats of each person’s heart. One day, those lives will end. Mortals exist in less than an eyeblink in the timescale of the universe, but they presume to bandy about terms like “eternity” and “infinity” like they can really wrap our heads around such limitless concepts. But wrapped in darkness, bound by the limits human lifespans, humans persevere. Humans build, but decay and nature pulls down. Even natural “permanence” will vanish in time. Yet despite the limitations and contradicting the darkness, humans look to the stars and realize that eventually, someday, the universe will end either by entropy or by cosmic egg. But will it be a true ending, or will the
cycle begin again?