In an earlier post, I described the history of the Peace Sign, how it was in 1958 Holtom described the design as a figure in the “manner of Goya’s peasant before the firing squad.” Later Bertrand Russell suggested the design formed the naval code of semaphore, and the symbol represents the code letters for ND.’” The code ND for Nuclear Disarmament. I also pointed out how similar it is to the Elder Futhark when the peace symbol is reversed looks like the rune of “Protection” or Algiz.
Growing up in the sixties, I saw the peace sign everywhere, usually in marches on TV and in the streets around local universities and collages, on t shirts and as pendants. I learned of older brothers of my friends who were not returning from the war and became more concerned about “why” there was war and “how” one could bring a halt to the blood shed.
Then I learned of the Trail of Tears: an act of genocide by our government and it’s interests: the removal included many members of the Cherokee, Muscogee (Creek), Seminole, and Choctaw nations among others, from their homelands to “Indian Territory”. Originated from a description of the removal of the Choctaw Nation in 1831 (then President Andrew Jackson) many Native Americans suffered from exposure, disease and starvation en route to their destinations. Many died, including 4,000 of the 15,000 relocated Cherokee.
In spite of the millions who have perished in wars, we as a people continue to wage war as a solution to disagreements between nations, pursuing wealth and enforcing ideology on others. In spite of our losses, the obvious cost in life, land and our own morality in continuing to justify conflict, war continues to be the solution of choice between nations, religions and monetary institutions.
We have seen the result of war: lives lost on the battlefield, broken spirits returning from conflict who trained to kill without remorse decide to continue what they are taught only to find themselves addicted to drugs, in prison or turn to suicide. Those of us who recognize the price we pay of war have advocate Diplomacy. Conflict resolution through negotiation. It is less glamorous, harder to work with, but the results are a more stable society, prosperity and a healthier people.
In creating the Peace Amulet, I altered the standard shape of the Peace sign into a teardrop in honor of those who have given their lives for a better world, to honor those who have suffered at the hands of others and a reminder we all have an opportunity to change the world by thoughtfully responding to conflict, seeking a peaceful resolution and choosing Peace.
This amulet represents the concept and ideals of Peace, a commitment: making a better future, shedding corruption, turning away from abuse and despite, and never forgetting the cost of war.
To purchase yours, please visit my Peace Amulet Page.