Of all of our inventions for mass communication, pictures still speak the most universally understood language.
64,000 years before Mickey Mouse appeared in Steamboat Willie, Neanderthals were making illustrations to represent the world they were living in. Thereafter, humanity has been chronicling their experiences through illustration and pictographs.
A 2018 study claimed an age of 64,000 years for the oldest examples of non-figurative cave art in the Iberian Peninsula. Represented by three red non-figurative symbols found in the caves of Maltravieso, Ardales and La Pasiega, Spain, these predate the arrival of modern humans to Europe by at least 20,000 years and thus must have been made by Neanderthals rather than modern humans.
It is of course even more possible that illustration goes back further in time, but the illustrations have been lost. Most recently they found a cave in the Amazon jungle that they’re calling the Sistine of the Amazon.
Human beings have an innate desire to communicate on as many levels as is possible. It is part of what makes us human.
Illustrations, words, conversations, photographs, movies, performances, music…no matter the medium, human beings are determined to communicate, to share experiences and potentially to leave something for posterity in our own minutia desire to achieve some degree of immortality.
Underneath this intense desire to communicate, lies a greater desire to be heard and understood. To share concepts and allow others to partake in the experiences that we are so gratefully willing to share.
I hope your Sunday is off to a beautiful start🌞