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Does Life Imitate Art, or is Art Imitating Life?

Have you heard the phrase ‘life imitates art’ before and wondered what that means? Maybe you have questioned how much truth that statement holds?

The rest of this phrase, made popular by Oscar Wilde’s 1889 essay The Decay of Lying, claims that “Life imitates art far more than art imitates life.” Now, you might wonder: does life imitate art, or is art imitating life!

This is one of those deep philosophical questions, kind of like, “what came first, the chicken or the egg.” Many philosophers have weighed in on this, including Aristotle and Plato.

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