Saturday, July 03, 2010

Thought of the Day 2010 #157 - Symbolism

I am pretty concerned when people look for deep hidden meaning in symbols, or put too much stock in them. As an example, a flag is just a piece of cloth. The symbolic representation of the flag could be patriotism, for instance. Mishandling a flag does not equal disrespect for a country, it is solely disrespectful to the fabric. If you loooooove fabric as much as I do, this could be a problem, but no one loves fabric as much as I do, and the dragging of the flag does not bother me, so clearly it should not bother you.

As another example, "666", aka "the sign of the beast." Sometimes numbers fall together in sequence. They just do. "967" could bother me if I choose to let it bother me. It does not. It is just three numbers in a row. If Joey down the street told me that "967" is the symbolic number for evil, I would think 1. Joey is a nut job or 2. Huh, maybe some nut job told Joey that and he choose to believe it. I would not go out of my way to avoid "967" just because Joey said I should. The same logic could and should apply to "666."

These are just two examples, and there are a lot more out there...

If you find yourself overreacting to symbols, take a step back and look for the genuine meaning behind someone's actions or to the symbol in front if you. Remove your emotions before you act from your gut when a symbol is involved. Sometimes a finger is just a finger.