June 30th, 2015

Grand Old Rags

There are always American Flags on display around here, in the next few days their number will be multiplied many times over.  Frequently i see the black flag of the wannabe Islamic State of Syria and the Levant (which always makes me think of the Jolly Roger)  Almost daily i am asked to sign petitions to ban the CSA battle flag in some form or other.

It might surprise some people to know that i have chosen not to sign any of these petitions.

I wouldn't care about flags one way or another if it wasn't  for the fuss made about them.  Some people  treat some flags like they were living things and more important than actual people.  They are not!  They are signs and symbols that can be interpreted in many different ways.  I think about flags about the way the NRA thinks about guns but for the opposite reason.  Unlike gums, flags very rarelly kill people, althjough people with flags frequently do.

As forms of art, they do not rise above a rather crude and uninspired level, asking the people of a nation to treat their national flag with respect seems to me an insult to the citizens from whom this obesience is requested.  State flags are, of course, a step down,  always to be displayed below the national flag.  As to the flags of other countries; most non-citizens treat them for what they are, pieces of cloth.

At one time i thought of adopting the United Nations flag as my own.  I never did, and now it seems like a rather silly idea.  Most of a person's problems are caused by his or her own state rather than by any foreign entity.  Adopting the UN flag might suggest that i'm suggesting a superstate from which their would be no relief short of divine intervention..

I probably will forego the display of any flag.  It would be remiss of me to take offense at anyone who chose differently.