TOWARDS A FAMILIAR RELATIONSHIP WITH SYMBOLS

  1. they are scared by them: so they reject, ignore them as things not to be seen or considered too frequently. The cultural explanation for this behavior could be multi-faceted: unconscious religious heritages, personal idiosyncrasy to them (or part of them), or a more or less aware political decision: symbols (for their intrinsic nature) distorce reality, bring to idolatry, they are evil.
  2. they are obsessively intrigued by them: so they search for them, seeing them everywhere. They start reasoning in a way that’s potentially dangerous: even small events, passing people, the slightest details become symbols of something bigger. That’s wrong because it brings to perceive and consider people and fact (hence humanity) as mere instruments to access to a higher (but always indefinite) truth. Consequence: a lack of trust in humanity, or even loathing of it.

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