”Abandon hope, all ye who enter here”

Melissa Leib

Melissa Leib

Rodin’s famous sculpture, “The Three Phases,” snapped by me on my walk on the Stanford campus while Tom was getting a routine post heart transplant test. 

If you are an art history aficionado like me, you know that these three are meant to stand at the “Gates of Hell” in Dante’s inferno.

This got me thinking about where we are in the world now. Are we at the gates? Are we already there? Does it matter? 

As we try to hold our center through the waves of effects of this crisis, we can acknowledge that our connection to the world, to nature, and to all external elements has been disrupted, turned upside down and shaken, actually. My message to you; Do not abandon hope; that is what keeps us alive. 

Rodin’s The Three Phases