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In today's world, we observe a growing wave of hate. Its grounds are complex. On the one hand, fears, which are the basic foundation of aggression as such, on the other hand, tend to evaluate and judge other people - it is only a part of those grounds, but a part of great importance. In particular we can observe aversion to any forms of distinctness in other man. Nationalist sentiments, racism, xenophobia and many other similar phenomena divide the world into innumerable spatial-mental niches. Phenomenological concept of place by Christian Norberg-Schultz, recognizing, inter alia, the dichotomy between “inside” and “outside” , “insiders” and “outsiders”, dichotomy that gives people a sense of security in their primary sense, today tends to deprive us our security when we realize that, as “outsiders”, we can become enemies and victims of “insiders”. We are always beyond any place where formidable residents will judge us and condemn us for views, attitudes, backgrounds, or anything else that builds our personality.

Can we adopt such an approach where the Earth will become our main place and we will all be Insiders in it? I do not know. But trying to find a feeling that is relevant to all people, absolutely accepted, understandable and arousing empathy, breaking a mental barrier between "us" and "them," I have found the pain of the Mother whose child is suffering - for various reasons and in different ways. Such pain is primordial and its power of impact is not only universal but even super-species. The pain of an animal losing its offspring evokes our instinctive compassion and co-feelings. All the more we will share a feeling of the pain of a human mother, regardless of her "otherness". Maybe such compassion will be stronger than reluctance and fear. Stronger than a sense of superiority or inferiority. Than the temptation of judgment and contempt. Maybe it will unite instead of sharing. Since we can feel the same, since we can equally suffer in a situation that may be ours, maybe, anyway, we are not different…

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#portrait  #woman  #life  #child  #metaphor  #tragedy  #problems 

Mater Dolorosa - All the Children are mine (2017)


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This artwork is sold by Aleksandra Lis from Poland

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