What does ax look like

The ax cannot be understood straight away as a pre-Christmas message of peace. A selection of recent global ax news reads like this: "Woman in Limburg slain with ax", "Ax amok in Sydney", "Trump unpacks the ax". In the direct as well as in the figurative sense - meaning the hearty customs philosophy of the USA - the ax from the news channels is usually as grim as the young man who caused a large-scale police operation in the Munich subway a few weeks ago. Disguised as a computer game character, the 25-year-old irritated the public by swinging an oversized foam ax. According to the police, he was able to be overwhelmed and the foam was "secured" as a precaution.

Nevertheless, the ax, which has been known as a tool at least since the Mesolithic and as a cultic object at least since ancient times through Homer's Odyssey, was only finally allowed to be welcomed as an emoji in 2019. The Microsoft ax looks like it was made from Munich foam scraps and a lot of warm air, while the size of the Apple ax is basically a hatchet. It is, so to speak, the ax’s little sister. But at least the new Google ax looks all in all the same as what you have just seen in the New York Times has been declared a must-have of the present and the defining cipher of the 2010s.

It is a shapely and ergonomically curved ax with a long shaft that is reminiscent of "Walden". So to Henry David Thoreau's bible of all longings for dropouts on the one hand and to the outdoor magazine of the same name (subtitle: "Adventure on the doorstep") on the other. For example, a magazine article with the very pretty headline "Striking Connection" provides information about "the right ax for every purpose". So if you still need a last-minute gift that seems practical and dystopian defensive in a rustic way, but at the same time cryptically critical of consumption, you should now grab the designer ax.

The ax, one could say, has always been gender equitable

"The American ax fetish," according to the NYT, "is ubiquitous". It is expressed in design awards, wood chopping workshops and, to be precise, NYT essays. It looks like the ax, which for a long time was only associated with Jack Nicholson's crazy grin in "The Shining", has replaced the cufflinks as an expression of an urban-civilized way of life. Newlyweds are given gun-free axes instead of dangerous porcelain bowls - and on Instagram, four hundred dollar manufactory axes are documented as a gift variant for the baby shower.

That doesn't have to be irritating. According to the German ax blog (www.axt-collection.com), the shining utensil is actually an "ancient symbol of humanity". In this context, a rock carving in Simrislund is noteworthy. It establishes a connection between the phallus and the ax; but in the past, axes were also placed under the beds of the laboring women - to implore an easy birth. The ax, one could say, has always been gender equitable.

Logically, as the saying goes, the ax not only replaces the carpenter in the house, but also the zeitgeist. Especially in times of urbanization, as urbanism and neo-nature as social megatrends are mutually dependent and mutually reinforcing. One cannot be obtained without the other.

If more and more people live in cities that are less and less familiar with trees, then there is the simultaneity of forest-like, mustache-bearded large-diamond carriers on their retro bikes, who steal hand-forged design axes in Tribeca, and bestsellers who like to have something with trees in their titles as a comprehensible substitution. Dirk Roßmann's autobiography "... then I climbed the tree!" lives from this neighborhood - like Peter Wohlleben's "The Secret Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate". If there is an ax as a gift under the organic, regionally grown tree on Christmas Eve, the tree may feel: It doesn't matter now.