The Journey – a short story


about the pictures

The painting “Elli auf dem Pferd” which translates “Ellie on the horse” depicts me at an early age. I feel that the artist Annemirl Bauer did actually see me as I was then. Strangly I sometimes feel like, I am still happily riding this horse. The original painting can be seen at the Museum Junge Kunst in Frankfurt-Oder, Germany. Due to the untiring effords of her daughter the exceptional works of Annemirl Bauer are preserved and presented to an ever growing audience.

Having grown up with artists like Annemirl Bauer, Max Stock and others – pictures have always been important to me. And while I also love writing, I can never quite keep myself from adding a picture or two to my texts or stories.

about the story

Initially this story was inspired by Jeremy Gilleys conversation with Prem Rawat. There Prem Rawat says: “Ideally for a tree (…) it has made a lot of effort to be clear and straight. But when the wind blows, it has also learned to rock back and forth, because if it doesn’t the branches will break. (…) Do we learn from anger, sadness, fear or do we let them drive us? Do we understand why and then better prepare ourselves? (…) We need to look at ourselves as the source of peace. (…) Socrates says ‘Know thyself'” (…) It is not the world that needs it – it is us – as individuals who need the peace. (…) Get in touch with yourself.”

It was one of those moments, when inspiration kicks in – you sit down and write the story. Of course other stories and experiences wanted to become part of the story, too.

For example I remember, how I was afraid of an atomic war as a child and how I made up stories, in which I helped at least some people to survive such a catastrophy. I also remember a visit to London’s Speakers Corner in 1996, where I addressed a man, who looked like a speaker – but he wouldn’t reply or give any sign, that he had noticed me. I walked away, yet something drew me back. – I was curious enough to walk back and try again. I do not remember, whether or not I had to make more than a second attempt, but when he finally replied, he said, that he only talked to people, who prove that they are truely interessted. For the next few hours we had a most interessting conversation and were joined by some of his friends.

Of course I love Socrates and I love the story how he travels to find out, why the oracle thought him the wisest of man, how he meets the politicians, the artists, the craftsman. Oh, I did not include the craftsman – perhaps I should…

Also always somewhere lingering in the back of my mind is Oscar Wilde – in this case Lord Henrys infamous speach (or preach(ing)) to Dorian Gray:

“The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it. Resist it, and your soul grows sick with longing for the things it has forbidden to itself, with desire for what its montrous laws have made monstrous and unlawful.”  Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray  

Though it really is a shame not to quote the whole speach… I read it for the first time, when I was in the process of loosing my faith. I was thrilled, then. I still am.

I hope you enjoyed the story.



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