[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/12″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”10/12″][vc_custom_heading source=”post_title” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:center” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]I belong to several groups on Facebook devoted to promoting understanding. In one of them, which has people from all over the world, someone posted a picture of all the flags of the world, and asked people which flag was there. It was just an innocent question to find out where our various group members are from, but it got me thinking (for a change). I asked jokingly if there was a world flag, because that was what I wanted to claim. And someone suggested I make one (again in jest). Yet the suggestion stuck with me. We place so much power into symbols, whether they are the icons of religious upbringing, or the decal of our favorite sports team. Whatever the symbol, they each have the power to motivate; to inspire loyalty and even move people find strength in themselves they did not even know they had.
But as with anything that wields power of influence, they can also have their bad side. Such symbols have the ability to separate as well, capable of inspiring hatred and ire in those on the “opposite” side. Flags are the ultimate demonstration of patriotism, while at the same time the ultimate way of demeaning those who we consider enemy. I have created PAX Nation in the hopes of it one day becoming the Nation Without Borders, so it seems appropriate that it have a symbol that defies the whole US and THEM concept. So I have made an effort to create a “flag” that is an amalgam of ALL the nations flags. No nation takes precedence over another on my creation. The only order to it is what I found aesthetically pleasing as I put it together. It probably can use some refining, but I would like to introduce the PAX Nation FLAG:
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