Escher as impartial spectator

What do these two M.C. Escher works have in common?

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What can they teach us about how to approach politics, ethics, and religion?

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Ahh, the color black!

Ahh, the color black!

I hate riddles.

I hate riddles.

Escher work #1 activates my

Escher work #1 activates my bathophobia (fear of deep, dark water and the way-too-big things that swim around in it).

I have no idea but I'm glad

I have no idea but I'm glad I waited more than five minutes for the pictures to load because they're both very cool.

Both have simultaneous

Both have simultaneous viewpoints. In the first, the reflection is a real part of the scene, and in the second, we see all three directions at once. The birdlike figure in the center seems to be looking at us.

Perhaps you're suggesting that all viewpoints are equally valid?

But all viewpoints are not

But all viewpoints are not equally valid so that couldn't be it. :-)

Maybe he suggesting that the world just doesn't make any sense no matter how you look at it.

oops. I hate typos. That

oops. I hate typos. That should say: "...he's suggesting..."