2013 – oil on canvas, 150×200 cm / 59×79 in
“Divide and rule, the politician cries; Unite and lead, is watchword of the wise” J.W. Goethe
In this painting I have united three symbols of Power: The Cloak of Conscience, as the symbol for interior power, based on ethics and moral values; the Pyramid, as the symbol for life beyond death and the knowledge we acquire during our lifetime;the US Congress, as the symbol for the power coming from the people.
Swami Sri Yukteswar writes in his book “The Holy Science” that Magnetism finds its expression in Love, and Electricity in Knowledge. The Cloak, with its magnetism, protected by a Pyramid with its electricity, is the universal Symbol for our Conscience and Love, furthered by the Knowledge we acquire about our world.
The more we know about others and their social needs, the more we will be inclined to help. The more we know about the delicate laws of nature, the more we will be willing to preserve their delicate balance. Many philosophers of the past, like Confucius in the East or Plato in the West, have reflected on the best form of organizing communities politically. I, for my part, share the opinion expressed in Winston Churchill’s famous quote by which “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried”. In my painting the US Congress, as a symbol for democratic decision making, overshadows the Cloak in the Pyramid. This building reminds us of the words of Thomas Jefferson enshrined in The Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”.
The pursuit of happiness has to be understood as the process of realizing one’s full potential, as described 2500 years ago by Aristotle in his Nichomachean Ethics. Together, the image of the Cloak, the Pyramid and the Congress act like a hologram, where each image contains all others, and where a change in one has a repercussion in all others. This Hologram is therefore a symbol for what we can achieve by combining our forces, unperturbed by political divisions, as expressed in the quote by Goethe.
By using the power of the World Wide Web we can achieve a peaceful revolution to a sustainable world order, where the incredible beauty of the Creation is preserved for future generations.