The Arctic Sea – from C. D. Friedrich

In Caspar David Friedrich’s painting „The Arctic Sea“, the viewer stands on the edge of a land once covered with vegetation. His path leads out into the solidified, in which the ice-hard opinions, attitudes and world views burst out of the ice-cold and lifeless ground like lonely ice towers, like fortresses made of bulletproof glass, and destroy all life that was too close to them.

The path of the observer leads him through a hostile wasteland of cold inhumanity. No warm heart can beat there for long. The ice there is eternal. He will perish in it and also end up as a frozen ice sculpture in which no human spark can be found. He has no choice. He will become a victim of his environment. Even turn into a rigid fortress.

Pain must never be allowed to guide us. Our actions grow out of the fearless knowledge of our security in the meaning, of our soulfulness and of the eternal unity of everything. We always act in love for everything and everyone. There is no inner separation. Pain alone must never guide us.

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