HEY!! What I am about to write in no way is meant to describe or assume your feelings as the creator, nor am I suggesting in any way that my view of this piece is anywhere near correct and should not be taken as a critique.
Instead, I am helping a friend of mine understand what I see in this and why I am so emotionally moved:
It says "Temperment is important. but life... Exploded view"
This means to me that is it good to have a control of yourself but there is no control for life. The film at the top represents your life and at this point, the film has been torn - life either is destroyed by the uncontrolable, or it ceases and ends in death which we can do nothing about.
It could mean that No matter what you do to better yourself, it could all be for nothing.
ML, thanks so much for this careful reading of the piece. I have to refrain from saying, "Yeah, you got it" because even to me the piece remains somewhat open. But - yeah, everything you got is there. I really appreciate this comment, and hope it speaks to your friend.
but that means I attract good peers. They are free thinkers, respect me enough to disagree and show me things I could not have arrived at in my own head alone.
Turns out I read art the way a child puts on his father's shoes. Clumby and curious but wanting to "get there" through being there - my heart is the intake valve. This taints my view whereas my friend has a crisp clarity I'll never stop marveling at - his air filter is his intake.
Glad it was your piece and a few others that were the ones to bring about powerful learning curves for the boths of us.
I'll just add - for me, any way of slowing down and taking time with a piece of art, whether from the heart or head or anywhere else, is a good thing. Engagement, beyond the fast, "I like it" or "I don't like it." Though I'm not discounting those, they're the way in - and maybe what we come back to later.