If you haven’t noticed already, I have a feejit widget installed on my sidebar that shows me where all my visits are coming from. An added bonus to this is that it shows the country’s flag and not just an ambiguous name of an obscure place.
I’m a big fan of symbolism. It’s nice to be able, with little effort involved, look at a symbol and be reminded of what it stands for – what you stand for. And some flags, unfortunately, fail to hit the mark.
Take Saudi Arabia for instance. I seen their flag today on my feejit widget and clicked on it for a closer look.
It looks plain with extraterrestrial writing scribbled over a sword.
They could have at least made the sword a little more spectacular looking other than that of a wingding font symbol.
“Okaaaay……” I had to probe deeper into this mystifying cryptogram of a flag.
Here’s what I found out:
The script is written in Thuluth, which is an Islamic form of calligraphy.
There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.
When I first read this, I thought it meant that there is no God, just some guy named Allah and his buddy Muhammad.
The sword represents justice. Why does it have to be a sword? Why not a gun?
I can’t seem to mesh these two obviously important symbols together. What if China’s flag was, “There is no God, only Buddha.” And displayed a throwing star beneath those words?
What if taco bell had it’s own flag and wrote on it, “The one and eternal God that is and ever shall be, eats taco’s” And displayed a homemade potato launcher for their image?
What if the tv show, Walker, Texas Ranger, had it’s own flag? It would say, “There is only Chuck Norris, everywhere and within.” And show Chuck’s angry clenched fist for their symbol.
I understand that the sword is double-edged and can swing both ways, but to me it donates more negative connotations than that of good. Confucius did away with knives at the dinner table because to him they meant unnecessary acts of aggression, thus sprang the birth of chopsticks 🙂
Zorro should never replace Judge Judy, and Judge Judy should never wield a sword.
Pairing an overbearing religion with their form of justice on a flag, sends me an unwelcoming, threatening message that I’m either for or against them.
Let us move on to another flag, shall we?
Egypt is a good one.
Now this one is a little better, non-threatening, yet strong colors and with the gold eagle of Saladin (their countries emblem) in the center. The strong, hidden symbolism lies in the colors. They picked black to illustrate their struggles with oppression, red for their bloody fight in freeing themselves from oppression, and white to symbolize a bright future. What about the here and now? What do they represent for today?
Citizens of Egypt wake up everyday, look at their flag, respect their flag and be reminded of the fight against oppression. They are always going to fight against oppression for a bright future that will never come. And according to the flag, the next step is going to be bloody.
Let’s see what other flags I can break apart.
I actually really like this one. It depicts the five elements with a yin yang ( Taegeuk) in the center. The white background symbolizes cleanliness with the people. This sends out a good, welcoming message. Very welcoming and bright, however there is just one thing……The light and the dark sides of the yin yang don’t ever merge, but stay separate in a balanced continuum of infinity. Perhaps North Korea will always be the polar opposite of South Korea in order to keep the balance?
North Korea’s flag originally had the yin yang symbol too, but changed it in 1948 to a communist flag.
It doesn’t matter what the stripes or colors mean, the communist star ruins it all.
Sorry Japan, but it looks like target practice.
Okay, I’m done with flags for today…..or am I?
I have an hour to kill, I’m going to mess around with adobe illustrator to make a flag for my country Melonia.
It represents Kegel exercises. The purple and gold mean royalty.
I hope I don’t get in too much trouble for posting this stuff.
I wish I had time to rip apart Canada’s maple leaf…..