Peace is a wonderful concept - imagine everyone in the world accepting each other for who they are and what they believe, instead of fighting about the differences and trying to convert each other. A state of stability around the globe.
This was the dream
the hippies were trying to achieve, by protesting the nuclear war. In
1958, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) adopted what we now
know as the Peace Sign as their logo. It was originally drawn as the
semaphore (flag signaling used by the Navy) for N and D overlapped. Or
at least, that was the justification Gerald Holtom used. But his real
idea of the drawing was of a man in despair, standing with his "palms
outstretched downward and outwards." He was distraught about the
whole nuclear war and lack of resolution, so that is what he drew.
the first few public protests organized by the CND, the symbol soon
caught on. First in Europe, and then jumping the Pond along with other
popular British trends coming to the United States. The hippies
grabbed it and proliferated the idea of the peace symbol, and soon the
whole world was using the CND logo to represent the need for Peace.
I love that this symbol [a] was never copyrighted, so anyone can use
it freely, and [b] represents a very real need in this world and
continues to regain popularity in the younger generations. However, I
am slightly saddened at the thought that a sad and disparaging symbol
is what we use to represent a positive and uplifting ideal.
that has ever looked into the power of changing their life will
understand that focusing on the negative only generates more of what
we do not want. You cannot manifest a positive result with a negative
image. It just doesn't work. So why are we using a symbol of death and
sadness for Peace?
It is because of this that I have
taken on this little crusade of sorts. I am encouraging everyone to
turn their Peace signs around, flip it so that the arms are
outstretched upwards. This is a symbol of life and strength, not death
and sadness. Give it a try - stand like the current peace sign, with
your arms down and out. How do you feel? Not so good, right? Now try
flipping it, and stand with your arms outstretched upwards, to the
heavens. You already feel uplifted, don't you? :)
is our "pro-peace" symbol, as opposed to the "anti-war" symbol. Change
starts with you and I, today, as we turn each peace sign around, one
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