We are forever searching for meaning behind the world around us and the events we are caught up in. The ability to infer significance lies at the very beginnings of every culture. The moment we establish the use of symbols, we have at our disposal the means to outwit the ephemeral nature of our existence, as symbols will in all likelihood outlive their creators. Jochen Hörisch’s study of the correlation between our regrettably short life span and our endless search for significance is at root about the origins and fundamentals of cultural existence. This book also represents a leap in fundamental humanistic research by making the connection between the interpretation of great art and the analysis of the present day media.