Berlin, symphony of force, will and beauty
If Germany is a symphony, Berlin is it’s most admirable adagium. It’s a deeply beautiful city, ancient and new at the same time; the first thing that stands out is it’s force, power and design; later, it marvels us with it’s moving profiles which oscillate between its strength and it’s most vulnerable human entity, always proud and fiery. Germany consolidated its identity in the middle of theatrical times, this fact granted it’s speech with an unusual force and unique bombast.
We can’t talk about Berlin without speaking of the way the Germanic nation was formed. Up to this day it’s hard to believe that not long ago this first world country was a territory subdue by war, geopolitical conflicts and it’s own, as well as several catastrophic historical mistakes.
We shall make a parenthesis now because our historical review will be quite brief, but it’s important to understand what happened in the land that we are to visit, this place is one of the most important birthplaces of art and universal culture. We won’t concentrate on the villains that assaulted Berlin, but precisely in it’s power to rise once again and understand the present marvel that this metropolis is.
However, we need to understand that the German people fell into disgrace, of which Berlin stood up with such grace; it will plainly dazzle us how this capital of the world is one of the most beautiful and dignified centers of the human spirit. Let us comprehend then the delirium that marked the destiny of the Germans, thanks to an ideology that was born in the middle of a speech so well executed, that propaganda would proof it’s power and humanity would be warned for ever.
Richard Wagner’s work is the perfect example of what the same German composer denominated as Gesamtkunstwerk (which is a concept known as “a total piece of art”), due to the fact that it functions as the precedent and music score of a series of events that in combination with the stars of propaganda such as Joseph Goebbles y sociopath leaders, master of persuasion like Hitler, would germinate in the most megalomaniac and cruel nationalism ever known, however, the noble spirit of it’s people is quite painstaking toward the values of humankind and Berlin is full of it.
In the present, it might be a surprise to find in Berlin a pacifist tone, even bohemian, although utmost cosmopolitan. Berlin’s population is quite vast; sure, Germans predominate, but we can also find artists of all disciplines and nationalities, as well as great talents from throughout the world, including Hollywood celebrities walking it’s streets.
The population of total Berliner roots, stands out because of its strength and will, as well as its education and open mind. We are talking about a culture that ever since it’s foundation, has achieved the impossible and stood up against the advances of Rome and Napoleon.
This is the myth that narrates the foundation of Germany, more than a myth, it could speak of a truth validated by several historians who would enter in a more literary genre, but who, alongside a funerary stone that confirms this fact, and whose inscription refers to the battle of Varus (this event stopped the advances of the Roman Empire) and Commander Arminius -better known as Hermann-, testifies the greatness of those who began to populate the Rhine and it’s surroundings.
This mythical fortress would accompany the Germans not only to stop the Roman advantages, but also Napoleon, fact that is proved by documents. In 2009, a a 2,000 anniversary celebration of the Battle of Hermann took place throughout a series of exhibits in several points of Germany, including it’s own Berlin, coincided with other commemorations of the 60 years of the the foundation of the Federal Republic of Germany and the extermination the RDA, as well as the 20 years of unification of the country.
Maybe Berlin was not always the official capital of Germany, but it has always been it’s heart, it’s most humane face, as well as it’s force and weakness at the same time. It is because of this that traveling to Berlin is to reconcile with history, to find a the best stage for peace where at some point conflict and desperation lived; it will also allow us to delight in numerous options to enjoy and celebrate life.