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Contradictory Symbolism

January 31, 2023







I still giggle every time, I see the above as the background of a vanity license plate. Today I saw two at the same time. Laughed twice as hard.

Contradictory symbolism is about as substantive as a vacuum in space reflecting on itself in an infinite infinity mirror. There is nothing there and has no meaning.

“Throughout history, the Gadsden flag has been used a symbol of rebellion against governmental tyranny and today stands as a powerful symbol against government oppression including taxation, and wasteful spending.

The Gadsden flag is a historical American flag with a yellow field depicting a rattlesnake coiled and ready to strike. Positioned below the snake is the legend “Don’t Tread on Me”. The flag was designed by and is named after, American general and statesman Christopher Gadsden.”


Since no one can really know history, other than, what is on the books. Might find it a tad ironic, if it was discovered that the defiant snake symbol, like everything else, was stolen from the indigenous culture that was already here…….trying to “protect” their land and life.


An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.

“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”

He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

It is impossible to starve the wolf you are feeding. How is it, a patriotic thinker, doesn’t think this through??????????

Wasteful spending and paying an unnecessary tax. To express, their “feelings” to the motoring public. Which in my case, am giggling, at the dichotomous ignorance.

Where is that flag to bring people’s attention to that cause?

Alas, I put this all here, where but a handful might read it and be amused. Because I am too much of a coward* to have that conversation through an open window at a stoplight or as an aside in a parking lot.

Knowing that if I point out the obvious, might find myself with someone treading on me. Even if I carried that yellow flag, plus a blank white one.

Is it not brave to admit being a coward?

“Just an observation,
Maybe I need
Different glasses.”

– Angelo Devlin


From → Paradox, Quotes, random

One Comment
  1. Sam Khya permalink

    Definitely brave!!
    Why you don’t have those conversations through the window at a stoplight is because you can’t be assured the person you’re having the conversation with could be brought up to speed in the few minutes you might have. Children of America are lacking the critical thinking skills to ponder something that they don’t already have an opinion about, nor to take in new information that might challenge their already existing assumptions, flawed though they may be.
    Hopefully one day they’ll read this blog and take the time to consider what it all means…

    Liked by 1 person

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