#FFE 16 – Phases of the Effects of Broken Glass

People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.

European Proverb

As Mel has done, I turned to Google for help in interpreting this statement that Fandango has shared with everyone. It boils down to not criticizing the character faults of others when you have similar faults. Sounds like an ideal in understanding humanity’s fragility.

I came across some very striking interpretations along the way. Below is a creative work done by tattoo artist, Sam Barber, featuring a vulnerable woman who is struck by the aftermath from the blow of broken glass. It touches on some points Mel has written about how painstaking it is to rebuild a person who has been shattered. The storms in life can rank up such fear. How can one be comforted when they’re exposed and open to another attack once the glass has been shattered?

Jentheripper – 8 Sharp Broken Glass Tattoos

My mind jumps to an extreme literal example. My memory recalled an assignment I had about “Kristallnacht”, otherwise known as “Night of Broken Glass” during November 9-10, 1938 when the Nazis brutally assaulted the Jews while everything was ravaged and shattered.

Realizing that his home was now uninhabitable, he broke down and – as he confessed in the letter – started sobbing like a child.

Jewish merchant, Martin Fröhlich
The Conversation – The forgotten mass destruction of Jewish homes during ‘Kristallnacht’

Koenigsberg’s New Synagogue took as long as 80 YEARS to rebuild from the aftermath! Now that is the recovery of a building, can you imagine the recuperation of the people? Despite these devastating events, another Kristallnacht occurred 17 years later in Turkey in September 6, 1955.

Image Credit: Greek Reporter

Below is another compelling interpretation I found from a Dutch artist who seems to favor a realism approach acknowledging that people from glass houses will always throw stones even though they shouldn’t. From this pain, one can acquire wisdom.

Image Credit: MAF RÄDERSCHEIDT 

They say people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. Maybe, but sometimes it’s a good idea. Only those who live in a fragile surrounding in consciousness and with the fantasy of danger, protect themselves. And other glass houses. Daily Painting about glass houses

Alles, was Kunst ist – A painting a day keeps the doctor away

It leads me to think of the individuals who felt this way:

Pain makes me grow. Growing is what I want. Therefore, for me pain is pleasure.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.

Lao Tzu

Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.

Kahlil Gibran
Image Credit: Envato Market

It makes me wonder why people are attracted to super human individuals who can withstand the symbolic impact of broken glass when watching a film. Perhaps it’s because we realize how fragile we can be, and anything to the contrary intrigues or inspires us.

Image Credit: Envato Market

16 comments

  • That was a fascinating read. Thank you.

  • Thanks for the inclusion here.

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  • That was touching and truly evil action taken that night against one culture by another. So sad about the things mankind does to itself. We are all here because we are meant to be. If we were not, we would not be here. So that makes all of us sacred. Thank you for your excellent post.

    • Of course, Anne! It was my pleasure to write about a topic that has concerned me since I was a child. Yes, it’s unfortunate what antagonistic feelings various groups feel towards each other throughout several civilizations. It takes a miracle to slice through the darkness it seems.

      • I took a big chance and posted to Facebook, the worst social media of its time because it encourages hatred and horrible responses when people attempt to put a new perspective on things such as not trying to blame one person for every single thing that is happening negatively in our times. I had stated that no one person, no matter what others think, can truly be responsible for everything negative that is happening in our world. I have always said that if everyone was not meant to be here on this plane in this time of life, we would not be. We are all, bottom line, living on this plane, coming from different cultures. Has no one noticed that this is a universe of diversity in every single thing on this earth? We need to use this time to help others that may be having a difficult time, making face masks to send to senior homes, to the homeless, to foster children’s homes, and we need to make sure that the places where they are intended to go get them. I am truly grieving in this time when we should be all acting together as we did after 9-11, to try to help each other instead of turning on anyone who disagrees with what we have learned on Facebook or through the media, which is no more reliable today than Facebook. I am a Criminal Justice graduate with a minor in law, and so I am not exactly without any resources for learning from all standpoints.

        I wish this world were different, but it is not. People have lost their ability to think rationally, so it is a world full of hatred, distrust, and evil deeds at every turn, and no one is protected from it. We have done so much to rape the world and we somehow want to blame it all on one person as if that makes any sense. We have acted with the worst of the worst toward people of other cultures, other languages, other belief systems, other colors, and all for no reason except failure to accept our own responsibility. Thank you again for bringing it up, and I hope that people like you and like others who have spoken with reason come to be heard around the world. You are a brave soul, and if we do not stand up for the things we believe from a base of reason, there will be nothing to stand up for.

        • Thanks for your heartfelt post Anne. I deliver my message differently depending on the platform. I find that the Facebook platform is used for different types of media. I don’t think they are as receptive to this sort of discourse and discussion as they are here. For all the people who turn on one another, there have been just as many who have helped out their fellow man/woman no matter their background. Thank you again for sharing your deep reflections on the matter. As Gandhi said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world”. I also think of Margaret Mead as well, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever does.”

  • “People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. ”

    I hope people can understand this. Beautifully written.

  • Thank you so kindly from the compass of my soul. Anne always

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