The Dragon

The Dragon

2012 – oil on canvas, 150×200 cm / 59×79 in

“Everything has beauty, but not everybody sees it”. Confucius

In this picture the Chinese Dragon feeds itself on the waves of Europe, the waves which brought Princess Europe to the shores of our continent some 3000 years ago, reflected in the blue of the European flag. Moved by his interior fire, the Dragon makes more and more headway in his rush to conquer the world.

But will it be a “sustainable” conquest, or is he just repeating the errors of our Western civilization? Will it be possible to extend an economic system based on uncontrolled exploitation of our natural resources, originally conceived for the benefit of a fifth of humanity, to the totality of the world’s population? I doubt it. In my painting “Morning Dawn” I was dwelling on the teachings of Chinese philosophy. Can China survive an economic development which adds one coal-fired power plant a week, and 20 million cars a year? How in the world can the environment cope with this?

But all is not lost: After all, the Chinese word for “crisis” also means “opportunity”. There is a window of opportunity, especially for the centralized, dynamic Chinese economy, to remember its philosophical traditions and turn its energies to a more harmonious, community based, development. China has the human and financial capital for such a move. It is in a much better position to accomplish such a change than the old economies in the West, including the United States. Only if this succeeds will the Dragon continue to shine in its beauty.

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