Is it worth it to destroy our paradise

SPEECH ON ECOLOGY

Friedensreich Hundertwasser

We have to make a peace treaty with nature.

We need to give nature back territories that we have illegally appropriated.

Only spontaneous vegetation is a suitable partner for a peace treaty between man and nature.

When humans claim territories that belong to nature, they usually destroy them.

Man is the most dangerous pest that has ever devastated the earth.
Man has to relegate himself to his ecological barriers so that the earth can regenerate.

Everything that is horizontal in the open air, where rain and snow fall, belongs to nature. Spontaneous vegetation must grow in our cities.

We are only guests of nature and must behave accordingly.

We have to be careful not to destroy the cycles.

THE CIRCUIT FROM FOOD TO SHIT WORKS.
THE CIRCUIT FROM SHIT TO FOOD IS BROKEN.

Every time we flush the water in the belief that we are performing a hygienic act, we violate cosmic laws, because in truth it is an ungodly act, a wicked gesture of death.

IN THE NAME OF WRONG HYGIENIC LAWS
WE LOSE OUR COSMIC SUBSTANCE,
WE LOSE OUR REBIRTH.

WE HAVE TABLE PRAYERS BEFORE AND AFTER DINING
NO ONE PRAYS WHEN SHIT.
WE THANK GOD FOR OUR DAILY BREAD,
THAT COMES FROM THE EARTH,
BUT WE DON'T PRAY
LET OUR SHIT TURN AGAIN.

IF WE DON'T APPRECIATE OUR SHIT
AND TURN INTO HUMUS TO HONOR GOD AND THE WORLD,
WE LOSE OUR RIGHT TO
TO BE PRESENT ON THIS EARTH.

There is no waste.
There is no waste.

There is no energy crisis.
Does nature have an energy crisis?
Do the birds, the trees have an energy crisis?
Only humans imagine they have an energy crisis because they have gone mad.

We live in paradise, but we are destroying it.

Water is a sacred substance just like air, earth and vegetation.

Each of us poisons 95 liters of drinking water every day by using the water toilet. That means a city with 1 million inhabitants turns 95 million liters of drinking water into 95 million liters of poison.

Our technical achievements should keep up with our creative sense of responsibility, but unfortunately we are lagging far behind.

For example, we cannot own machine guns and indiscriminately kill people we meet on the street who we don't like. When we buy a car we must have a driver's license to use it because this car is dangerous in the hands of someone who cannot drive.

But how can it be that anyone can use detergents and chemical cleaning agents and kill with them without even knowing that he is killing with these chemical agents?

Criminal advertising tells us how to get clean. Criminal advertising tells us how to get clean with the help of soaps and detergents. But these are lies. The cleaner our shirt, the cleaner our house, the more dirt gets into our environment, not just dirt but also death.

The banks of rivers, lakes, seas and all floodplain landscapes belong to nature and should be inviolable for humans.

Nature will thank us by protecting us from floods but also from drought by giving us clean water to drink and swim as well as food and fish. We need to make sure that the water that leaves our homes is as clean as we took it from the tap.

This is not a utopia.
You can clean and recycle your own wastewater, and you can purify all your own liquids such as urine, washing and dishwashing water and water from the bathroom with our own water purification system.

The water treatment plant works with the help of beautiful plants that work for us and enjoy the fact that the dirt in the water is transformed into plant matter. In your own house you take responsibility for your own water.

We are all losing control and responsibility for what we do - doctors, teachers, farmers, politicians, scientists, priests, economists and others. m.

The architect acts like a war criminal. He carries out orders against his conscience and builds houses in which the human soul perishes.

The straight line is godless and immoral.
Rulers and rulers are tools for the decline of our society.

Modern art has become a horror panopticon.

Contemporary art has become an intellectual masturbation, enforced as a short-lived status symbol. Ugly, empty, cold, godless, without beauty, without heart.

The avant-garde artist tramples around in ruins and destroys values ​​for which he would be responsible, desperately looking for something that he can still destroy. This is how art becomes perverse.

The prepotent claim to power of this nihilistic avant-garde in terms of cultural policy is similar to the claim to power of the Third Reich in terms of culture in Hitler's Germany, only with the opposite sign and a different tendency.

The museums of contemporary art are hospitals of our broken society, in which our diseases of civilization are cultivated and preserved instead of being cured.

A museum director should be liable for his actions and should be able to go to jail if he buys junk with public money.

Our true illiteracy is not an inability to read and write, but an inability to be truly creative.

We have to create barriers to beauty so that the world can get bigger again.

If each of us is creative, we don't have to go far because paradise is just around the corner.

Speech at the CEE benefit reception, Center for Environmental Education, Washington, December 15, 1982. The text was originally written in English by Hundertwasser.