Symbology of Symbols: The Yr

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The symbol of peace we know of today has an origin story that has been extensively propagated and, arguably, cemented into our books of history. The story goes a little something like this:

In 1958, the first large-scale anti-nuclear march took place, spanning from London all the way to the site of the Atomic Weapons Research establishment in Aldermaston, Berkshire.

As they marched along their 52-mile route, the protesters brandished on flags and banners a particular symbol, one that has since grew in recognition and influence — the peace symbol; one designed by professional designer and graduate of the Royal…


The movements that paved the way for modernity in art

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Photo by Dimitar Belchev on Unsplash

Art, though highly diverse in its range, can be defined as activity engaged in creating visual, auditory, or other sensory performed artifacts, which we now term as artwork, that expresses imaginative or technical skill, intended to be appreciated for their beauty or emotional potency.

In spite of the seemingly indefinable nature of art, it is often examined through the interaction of artistic principles and elements. These principles include movement, unity, variety, balance, contrast, harmony, proportion and pattern. And the elements of art is that of texture, form, space, shape, color, value, and line.

The various interactions between both principles and…


Or is his ontology merely the jungle that it has been ridiculed to be?

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Image by Stefan Keller from Pixabay

Before we begin, here is a short satirical story that summarizes the absurdity that is usually associated with Meinong’s theory of objects:

Two brave adventurers, David and Erik, embarked on a trek into Meinong’s Jungle, where all things that didn’t exist reside in. They were on a quest, in search of a rumored myth — the married bachelor. The first objective of their adventure was to seek out an ancient demon lord; one who claimed to have met the married bachelor.

Twenty minutes had passed, and David and Erik began to grow tired. They had no clue as to where…


A trial not merely of blood and fire, but existentialism and post-modernism to beat

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For my girlfriend to complete her indoctrination into the cult that is Animal Crossing, I had recently purchased the Nintendo Switch. Along with this new ownership of a gaming console, I decided to get a little something for myself to enjoy. After all, unfortunate circumstances made it such that my adolescence held little space for such indulgence.

Torn between my childhood obsession of Pokémon and the highly acclaimed fantasy realm of The Witcher, I decided to go for the latter and take a peek at what the fuss was all about.

After a few sessions of slaying magical beasts and…


An alternate look into the bible

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Foreword:

The sacred text that is the bible is a book like no other. Standing as the world’s best selling book, it is beyond doubt, the most influential book that has ever been published in the history of mankind.

Its contents act not only as a guideline for those who follow the religion, but has supplied many a theme for the greatest poets, artists and musicians which the world has produced. And for worse or for better, the bible has arguably been the single mightiest factor in the shaping of humanity’s moral progress.

But times have changed. Yet the text does…


The crude, vulgar stories that we edit to tell the children

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Image by Sarah Richter from Pixabay

Also known as the Aesopica, the collection of Aesop’s fables has undoubtedly made its mark not only in the world of literature, but also in much art: sculptures, paintings, dramas and music alike.

Born a deformed slave in ancient Greece, Aesop was set free by his masters in recognition and admiration of his outstanding literacy and intelligence. The stories that he told were merely that — stories that were told, a mere oral tradition.

It was only three centuries after he had passed that these fables were compiled, initially put to use in addressing religious, social, and political themes before…


Symbology of Symbols: The YinYang

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The Tao gave birth to One.
The One gave birth to Two.
The Two gave birth to Three.
The Three gave birth to all of creation.
All things carry Yin
yet embrace Yang.
They blend their life breaths
in order to produce harmony.

Lao Tzu

Perhaps the most dominant of concepts birthed by Chinese philosophy, the notion of Yin and Yang has had an influence that is easily observable, albeit its conceptual entirety remains evasively difficult to define.

In spite of this, the symbol has established a hold in many different places — ancient temples, treasured altars, and if…


Eastern perspectives on perspectives

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Image by Hong daewoong from Pixabay

When one speaks of philosophy; or simply harbors the thought of it; it becomes clear that, as in many other fields, the Western way has emerged as the prominent focus of much discourse.

Sprouting from roots in classical Greece, through the Hellenistic and Roman periods the field grew, before reaching medieval Europe and evolving with the great Renaissance to then become the modern philosophy we know of today.

Perhaps the aforementioned evolution during the Renaissance is responsible for this predicament, where process of thought was fervently steered away from religious notions; a step in progress that was long overdue. …


Symbology of Symbols: The Swastika

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The Nazis

In 1868, an archaeologist named Heinrich Schliemann embarked on a quest to discover the ancient city of Troy. Fanatically fueled by the epic poem Iliad, which was commonly believed to be no more than a myth, Schliemann traveled to Ithaca in Greece, confident that the literature was a map to the hidden locations of the ancient cities.

Within a short period of time no longer than four years, Schliemann achieved what he had set out to do. The adventurous architect found the Homeric city. But that was not the only thing he had discovered, for with his uncovering of the…


Forget God, forget riches, forget lineage; eternal life lies safely in writing

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Philosophy is often construed to be birthed from the ancient Greeks, and understandably so. After all, the gods of the godless often include figures such as Plato, Aristotle, Socrates, and Epicurus.

However, even these great minds pay tribute to the knowledge and ideas of ancient Egyptian sages. Thales and Plato themselves spent years studying with Egyptian priests, and even the great Aristotle refers to Egypt as the cradle of Mathematics, claiming that the mathematical arts had never before been formed, constituted, or elaborated anywhere else originating in Egypt and Egypt alone.

The art of philosophy practiced by the ancient Egyptians…

Abel Chan

“Lost are we, and only so far punished, that without hope we live on in desire” — Dante Alighieri, La Divina Commedia

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