Saturday, February 04, 2012

On Symmetry and Nazi Architecture

Certain paradoxes haunt me more than others, such as why when we speak of Hitler, we don't refer to him as Roman Catholic but as German, yet in referring to Bin Laden, he's called a Muslim and not Saudi. When I think of Nazi architecture (links to Wikipedia), I wonder why we don't speak more about the neoclassical style being more Roman (or Greco Roman) than anything deco; the hyper symmetry which would have equally pleased the obsessive compulsive Kim Jong Il who demanded his rice grains to all be of matching length and color, is a style that doesn't deviate much from the most basic post-and-lintel construction - as artifically symmetrical as Egyptian goddess Hathor's Mona Lisa face and helmet hair. I wonder if people who require evenly spaced, straight lines and symmetrical shapes all around them to feel secure in this world, see modern, more flowing asymmetrical shapes as a real psychological threat. Likewise, I wonder if people of this day and age would ever drop the notion that a symmetrical face (or body) is actually more beautiful, or realize it's just another belief to benefit those who are in the business of ordering nature around to fit their limited scope of what ought to be.

Related links: Roman Catholicism in Germany - Wikipedia

Catholic Church and Nazi Germany