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BTW, flags

[ by Charles Cameron — along the lines of yoga chitta vritti nirodha ]

Obviously. I am going to be interested in the DoubleQuote in the Wild juxtaposition to two flags in a political cartoon commentary on last week’s events in the US, but I still find it very hard to decide whether the appropriate DoubleQuote to embed it in is this:

SPEC DQ flags 2

where the “ISIS flag” is in fact a satirical play on the IS flag with silhouetted sex-toys in place of the calligraphy…

Or this — well, actually, no contest, this one gets my vote by a zen mile!

SPEC DQ flags 1

Because, well..

SPEC DQ flags 3

I guess that’s my analytic bottom line, right there in Patanjali‘s Yoga Sutras.



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  • 4 Responses to “BTW, flags”

    1. Curtis Gale Weeks Says:

      Maybe you should have gone full circle…er, squared the circle…er…
      Look up the etymology for the word “standard” while pondering various manifestations of “standards.”

    2. Curtis Gale Weeks Says:

      For clarification of my last comment: The idea of “moving mind” vs “stillness of mind” as that dichotomy relates to a “standard” … interested me. I’m fond of considering how the exterior world influences the internal — OODA — especially in relation to the idea of orientation. Flags, as standards, play a role in that process. At the same time, the abstract notion of standards, as “flags” around which a person may orient — a person has “standards” — seems to relate. If one has that “cessation of the modifications of the mind,” then does he *need* “standards”? Are standards then some kind of crutch, for steadying a person with an un-quiet or “moving mind”? Then again, perhaps a person with unshakeable standards has, via those, a “cessation of modifications” or… stillness.
      As you can see, I’ve used many scare-quotes and other odd punctuation marks above, in my own attempt to wrestle with the dynamic.

    3. Ornamental Peasant Says:

      Here are the thoughts of Paul Coombs, the creator of the ISIS satire:-
      ” … I’d been using the sex-toy motif in my work before I made a flag of Isis out of them and brought it to the march. Previously, I’ve attached dildos onto postcards from each country where homosexuality is still illegal to point out that the laws of these places regards its gay residents as mere sex objects.
      The decision to make the flag was a simple one: a sense of outrage at Isis’s brutal advance across North Africa, Libya, Syria and Iraq. Medieval ideologies and barbarism were being spread and recorded through that most modern of expressions, social media, with that flag ever-present. It has become a potent symbol of brutality, fear and sexual oppression. If I wanted to try and stimulate a dialogue about the ridiculousness of this ideology, the flag was key.
      ” …The Pride festival is a pure celebration of the finest aspects of humanity: of tolerance, togetherness, acceptance and liberation, the polar opposite of what Isis stands for. If there was anywhere where my flag had a voice, it was there. And I had an invitation to march in the parade with a friend involved with “Alien Sex Club”, an art project exploring the HIV syndemic by John Walter.
      We agreed we would gauge reaction to the flag from fellow marchers before we hit the main streets and the crowds, but the reaction was so good humored and understanding that any worries were dissipated in minutes. The tragedies in Tunisia, Kuwait and Lyon made the case for protesting against these murderers even stronger; defiance is the best form of remembrance. The flag was so clearly made of dildos that I never thought it could be mistaken for an actual Isis flag. …”
      More, with a clear reproduction: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jun/30/isis-dildo-flag-london-pride-cnn

    4. carl Says:

      Mr. Coombs outrage, protest and view that ISIS has a ridiculous ideology is a great way to make himself and his friends feel good about their moral superiority. It means absolutely nothing to the killers who make up that organization. The only thing that means anything to them is effective violent opposition. Now if Mr. Coombs were to direct his efforts toward getting the West to move, as in really meaning it move, against ISIS, that would be more respectable. What he and his friends are doing is preening in front of a mirror and cooing to each other how hip and good they are.

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