The painting’s theme concerns those self-important individuals who possess the sensibility of stones and have a penchant for endless meetings but never solve any problems; wars and man-made disasters go on as usual. The surrounding yellow and red sand represents weak helpless people and their feelings of anxiety and fury. In contrast, the black and blue hues of the stones symbolize power cold intellect and the endless play of the mind and its arguments. The contrasting warm and cool tones create great tension between the two opposing camps.