For thousands of years humans have used symbols to describe some aspect of themselves or of their culture. One of the oldest symbols that still exists today is also one of the most misunderstood: the Swastika. It is one of the oldest and diverse symbols that is known. The swastika has for the better part of the 20th century been a symbol of death and murder to Western countries. However, many people do not know the deeper, older meanings that the swastika still holds for cultures around the world even today. It has been used by civilizations all over the globe for thousands of years with a positive meaning attached to it. Why then is it looked upon with so much fear and hate? It started when the Nazi party adopted it as its national symbol before World War II. Should we continue to see this as an evil symbol, or should we look farther back into history and see that it has been a symbol of well-being for thousands of years?
Tristan Fickes, ’09 Malvern, AR
Sponsor: Howard Miller