As every night passes, my faith in the unknown increases. I can no longer die. Only to self. Transcending mind made hells is the first step toward enlightenment, towards freedom and strength that knows no boundaries and yields to no master, except for the One
— Unknown
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The 9th Wave

The title refers to an old sailing expression referring to a wave of incredible size that comes after a succession of incrementally larger waves.

It depicts a sea after a night storm and people facing death attempting to save themselves by clinging to debris from a wrecked ship. The debris, in the shape of the cross, appears to be a Christian metaphor for salvation from the earthly sin. The painting has warm tones, which reduce the sea's apparent menacing overtones and a chance for the people to survive seems plausible. This painting shows the destructive side, and beauty of nature.

The Ninth Wave - Painting by Ivan Aivazovsky