Leda and the Swan (5)
Bronze sculpture by Franz Xavier Bergman as NAM GREB, 1861-1936 (Austria)
"I well remember the autumn afternoon in Paris. Between two chords of the keyboard, I broke for coffee and thumbed through a magazine someone had left on the piano.
I had no idea how important this simple action would be for me. There was no way I could predict the impact of this photograph.
The silence of this woman stunned by her grief was a shout of pain louder than any of the earth’s laments. The child’s tears were the final condemnation of all wars which shatter people who love each other.
The little Vietnamese girl was about to board a plane from Ho Chi Minh Airport for the United States of America where her father, an ex-GI she had never seen, was waiting for her. Her mother was leaving her there and would never see her again.”
—Claude-Michel Schönberg, on the inspiration for the musical Miss Saigon
The Man Who Planted Trees
Pain is simply our intrinsic medical adviser to warn us and stimulate us.