Title:There Is No Escape
"This is that ancient doctrine of nemesis who keeps watch in the universe, and lets no offense go un-chastised."
Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Nemesis! The Implacable Executrix of Justice
As a word in today’s society nemesis means:
1.A source of harm or ruin: "Uncritical trust is my nemesis."
2.Retributive justice in its execution or outcome: "To follow the proposed course of action is to invite nemesis."
3.An opponent that cannot be beaten or overcome.
4.One that inflicts retribution or vengeance.
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In the time of the ancient peoples of Greece and Rome, Nemesis was the personification of divine retribution. Her name originally meant the distributor of fortune, neither good or bad, but in due and just proportion. Over time her name began to take on a meaning that suggested resentment caused by an unbalance of this carefully measured proportion.
A moon goddess, she is sometimes referred to as the daughter of the night, (Nyx), and she is the balancer of Fortune’s (Tyche) chance. The executioner of Justice’s judgment, she is an implacable goddess of retribution and an avenger of crime, and from her sword there is no escape.
Her beauty rivaled that of Aphrodite, and she was implacable in the face of unbalanced justice. As a protector of the balance of fortune, and a dispatcher of divine justice the victims of crimes both criminal and moral called to her for help and protection. In ancient Rome she was a patron goddess of gladiators that fought animals in the ring, and was often referred to as Pax Nemesis.
About the Painting
In the artist’s depiction of Nemesis, she holds her sword, gently, loving caressing its lethal edge. Her trademark scourge is hanging from her belt at the ready. The scales of justice decorate her silver necklace, and fearsome yet beautiful leathery wings furl out behind her. Her clothes are of a modern design to remind us that although she is a goddess of the past she is also needed in the present. Nemesis reminds us of the importance of balance, and teaches us to give as we receive. Failure to do so with result in her wrath.
The "don’t worry we’ll make more" attitude prevalent in today’s age is one of greed, and this unbalance calls Nemesis from the night into our world. She is standing in front of a clear glass window, reminding us that justice might seem blind, but she sees with clearer vision than most. What goes around comes around, and no one can hide from Justice or her powerful winged enforcer Nemesis. The window’s iron work is a depiction of the wheel of Fortune, whose influence Nemesis balances, and the full moon lights up Nemesis’s mother, the night sky, whom is visible through the clear window of justice.