6 "Is that all there is ?"

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Thomas Mann, German Nobel Prize, has inspired this painting with his story "Disillusionment" ( "Enttäuschung" ) and Peggy Lee gave voice to the contents with her vocal adaptation.

Thomas Mann gives us a meditation on human life, which he describes as nothing but a series of disappointments.

Our dissatisfied personage starts from the perspective that everything is either good or bad, beautiful or ugly and comes to the conclusion that our life's experiences never live up to our expectations.

But through Hamlet, William Shakespeare tells us: " "There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so" It is the Perception that makes things what they are. Good and bad are terms individuals apply to things. Good and bad is in our mind. It is our mindset, our mental attitude that determines how we will interpret and respond to situations.

In the painter's opinion, false hopes and unreachable expectations lead inevitably to disillusionment. "Let's enjoy the "very moment" as it emerges: Carpe diem. When living is too sweet and swanky, it may be tough to appreciate the simplest things in life. Being happy with the little gifts, which are offered to us, is a bliss. We can always give life a little help through voluntary action. "Today, I have decided to be happy." declares Voltaire.

Indeed, if we don't want to be only "expecting" things to become real and if we don't want to be just waiting for the beautiful and the good to come, we can decide to be inventive and take things in our own hands by voluntary action.

Indeed, if we don't want to be only "expecting" things to become real and if we don't want to be just waiting for the beautiful and the good to come, we can decide to be inventive and take things in our own hands by voluntary action

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