Category Archives: Symbolism

Roadside Memorials

“We say that the hour of death is uncertain, but when we say this we think of that hour as situated in an obscure and distant future. It does not occur to us that it can have any connection with the day already begun or that death could arrive this same afternoon, this afternoon which is so certain and which has every hour filled in advance.” ~ Marcel Proust Continue reading

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Patriot Day sales? Why not? We have Memorial Day sales

On Patriot Day we remember the nearly 3,000 people who died on September 11, 2001. On Memorial Day we remember the 1.1 million people who have died in America’s wars. On Patriot Day no sales or barbecues are allowed. On … Continue reading

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Two Stained Glass Windows; Two Approaches to History

Two Stained Glass Windows; Two Approaches to History The first window is found at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. This church has decided to use ‘the scorched earth’ approach to history. Like General Sherman’s ‘March to the Sea’ during … Continue reading

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The American Flag: Embodiment of a bloodthirsty totem god

The American Flag: Embodiment of a bloodthirsty totem god American patriotism is a civil religion organized around a sacred flag, whose followers engage in periodic blood sacrifice of their own children to unify the group. The flag symbolizes the sacrificed … Continue reading

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Flashing yellow arrow traffic signals are unnecessary and needlessly confusing

I’ve been driving over 35 years. And I was a professional truck driver for over 25 years. I also know something about semiotics. A sign (or symbol) represents (or points to) something else. Although some signs (or symbols) may resemble … Continue reading

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The Humiliation of the Word – Jacques Ellul

  The Humiliation of the Word – Jacques Ellul “This, then, is our situation today: through the eruption of unlimited artificial images, we have reduced truth to the order of reality and banished the shy and fleeting expression of truth. … Continue reading

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The Cult of the American Sniper

“Does the Christian or denizen of the Old American Empire die and kill for it, as the members of the Cult of the American Sniper apparently believe?” Continue reading

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