Arslan Ahmad, Lahore, Pakistan.
As a sign of power the hand has a dynamic aspect: it is poised to act and conquer. Open and extended, it symbolizes the opposite of power; the willingness to lay down arms, the proffered hand a greeting, a sign of peace and reconciliation…
Hegel called the hand of man ‘der beseelte Werkmeister seines Glücks’–the inspired maker of his own happiness. It can make happiness to others as well.