In my ongoing series about appreciation of art, I would like to stress that art should not be destroyed for religious purposes. In the Middle East many famous sites of religious and artistic importance were destroyed by the Teleban. It was no better than book burning in the 1930's through the 1970's. The historian in me and the art lover believes that these cultural treasures need to be preserved. Now, the human in me has my personal interests as does everyone else.
One of my dearest to heart is my ancestrial home of Prussia, that land which was wiped from the map by the allied committee after WWII. It is my goal to take back those honors that were tarnished and rebuild something with the old and new. Art is naturally connected to this. Frederick the Great was a lover of the arts. Like all cultures all over God's green Earth, Germany has a unique and special story regarding evolution of art.
As a part of this, I invite you to view the following below. With this list I can create written stories, drawings, take images, sing, spin tales to children and the list goes on.
So, think to yourself what motivates you to produce art. Stick with it. Have fun and be creative.
The term Prussian virtues refers to an unfixed canon of several Lutheran virtues dating from the Enlightenment. Prussian virtues and the Prussian value system have influenced aspects of wider German culture.
The Prussian virtues may be summarized by the opening lines of the poem "Der alte Landmann an seinen Sohn" ("The Old Farmer to His Son") by Ludwig Christoph Heinrich Hölty (17481776). The poem was set to music by Mozart to a melody adapted from the aria "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen" from his 1791 opera The Magic Flute. It was played daily by the carillon of the Potsdam Garrison Church where Frederick the Great was initially buried. The text reads as follows: "Üb' immer Treu und Redlichkeit / Bis an dein kühles Grab; / Und weiche keinen Fingerbreit / Von Gottes Wegen ab." Translation: "Use always fidelity and honesty / Up to your cold grave; / And stray not one inch / From the ways of the Lord."
These virtues derive from King Friedrich Wilhelm I of Prussia, the "soldierking" and frugal "bourgeois" reformer of Prussian administration, as well as from his son, King Friedrich II. The father saw himself as moral role model, while the son saw himself as an exemplar of reason for the religiously, ethnically, and linguistically diverse Prussian state.
The Prussian "era of reform", from the military loss to Napoleon Bonaparte at the Battles of Jena and Auerstedt, until the Congress of Vienna in 1815, was also an important influence. These included reform of community boundaries, the army, schools, universities, and taxes, as well as the enfranchisement of Jews.
Examples of Prussian virtues
Sincerity (German: Aufrichtigkeit)
Humility or Modesty (German: Bescheidenheit)
Industriousness or Diligence (German: Fleiß)
Discipline (German: Disziplin)
Obediencebut not without sincerity. (German: Gehorsamjedoch nicht ohne Freimut.)
Frankness or Probity (German: Redlichkeit)
Straightness or Straightforwardness (German: Geradlinigkeit)
Sense of justice (Jedem das Seine or Suum cuique) (German: Gerechtigkeitssinn)
Godliness, coupled with religious tolerance (German: Gottesfurcht bei religiöser Toleranz) ("Jeder soll nach seiner Façon selig werden." Translation: "Everyone should be happy in their own fashion.")
Toughness against oneself, even more than against others (German: "Härte, gegen sich mehr noch als gegen andere.")
Courage (German: Mut)
Sense of order (German: Ordnungssinn)
Sense of duty or Conscientiousness ((German: Pflichtbewusstsein)
Probity (German: Redlichkeit)
Self-denial (Walter Flex: (German: Selbstverleugnung) ("Wer je auf Preußens Fahne schwört, hat nichts mehr, was ihm selbst gehört." Translation: "He who swears on Prussia's flag has nothing left that belongs to himself.")
Austerity or Thrift (German: Sparsamkeit)
Bravery without sniveling (German: Tapferkeit ohne Wehleidigkeit) ("Lerne leiden ohne zu klagen." Translation: "Learn to suffer without moaning")
Loyalty (German: Treue)
Incorruptibility (German: Unbestechlichkeit)
Restraint (German: Zurückhaltung)
Subordination (German: Unterordnung)
Self-effacement ("Mehr sein als scheinen!" Translation: "Be more than you seem to be!") (German: Zurückhaltung)
Reliability (German: Zuverlässigkeit)
Punctuality (German: Pünktlichkeit)
Cosmopolitanism (German: Weltoffenheit)
Determination (German: Zielstrebigkeit)