This piece spoke to me on a spiritual level. I felt as if the author intentionally lit up the intersection in the middle of the dark city in the shape of a cross. The contrast of light and dark in this painting is an artistic statement in itself. In my eyes, the city is dark because the people are sinning. The intersection is lit up (in the shape of a cross) because it is the path to exiting the dark city. God is shining his light to lead the way to safety out of the dark city. This painting reminds me that no matter how hard life may seem God is always shining light on the right path for us. If we want to succeed in search of the good life we must follow God's path. This does not necessarily mean following the Bible word for word, as much as it means allowing God to light your path.
This photograph of New York City is a representation of "seeking" the Good Life. New York City is a place that embodies the American Dream. Historically men could show up in New York City with nothing but the clothes on their back and a good attitude and end up successful. New York, like America, is the land of opportunities. Should I wake up one day with nothing to my name, I would get to New York as fast as possible. New York City is the place I plan on living after I graduate college; The city is so diverse and alive its inhabitants have no choice but to evolve and find themselves. New York is a city that forces a person to stick to their identity or find a new one, thats why I believe it is a perfect stop on the journey to "seeking" the Good Life.