The Janus of Roman mythology was the two-faced god who looked in opposite directions, East and West – to the past and to the future.
Albert Einstein proved that time is relative and asserted that the past, present, and future are manmade perceptions of one timeless state of existence.
Perhaps the new Janus looks in one direction at “now” and is not two in one but as one, an embodiment of timelessness and the true equality of “Man,” i.e., “Hu-Man,” the trinity of the Divine, Man, and Woman, all equal in being and in expressing the nature of the universe, albeit in different ways.
The hands in the painting, palms together, fingers upward, show the añjali mudrā, a common hand gesture used for centuries throughout Asia / India as a greeting and a sign of respect but also as a form of physiotherapy (and indirect psychotherapy), in representing the union of opposites: Human and Divine, male and female, conscious and subconscious, and harmony of the two hemispheres of the brain.
Since the 1970’s, the neuroscientific theory of left brain-right brain division of functions has been popularized as a means of determining behavior in the sexes and personality in the individual. Since then, new research has indicated that we humans do not, by nature, perceive, think, feel, or act from any one brain location or isolated neural area; rather, the brain, like time, is but one physical dimension of the whole mind and thus is relative. A person’s perceptions, moods, and self-concepts are, in fact, self-created and therefore always at liberty to be re-created.
The poem “If” by Rudyard Kipling endures in its fame because of its timeless truth, applicable to both sexes and all ages, though the poem’s last line implies literal address to boys and young men and figurative address to the motivating masculine spirit of enterprise and endeavor. My feeling is that Kipling meant the advice of “If” for everyone, and only because Kipling himself was a man, of a certain era, did he conclude his poem as such. Nevertheless, I have taken the liberty of adapting Kipling’s poem for women, particularly women of “now.”