Beware of the Symbols You Wear
I remember my “cyber-goth” days, when I used to wear symbols like nuclear and biohazard without a reason, and absolute no awareness of their meaning.
It came to my mind only lately: I’m totally against nuclear, and watching this symbol made me think about how many people have it tattooed on their skin, have t-thirts with it… Just think about Cyberdog, the most famous brand of cyber clothing. Many items carry the radioactive symbol! When I used to wear it I actually didn’t think about the meaning at all, it was just a symbol meaning radioactivity, something like “hey, I’m dangerous!”. I really didn’t want to say “hey, I love nuclear and want this world to end!”
So, what about the symbols that we carry each day without even noticing?
What about the military wear? It doesn’t make sense to me. We’re all for peace, we know that war is an awful thing… and we wear combat pants; we wear grades on our shirts. What’s wrong with us?
Is it some kind of catharsis? Or are we just too indifferent to notice that some things are just wrong?
Then there is the opposite trend: wearing peace symbols. Fucking peace symbols everywhere! I really would like to ask people who are wearing them, “What are you doing for peace? Are you voting the right politicians? Are you helping people who live in countries hit by war?”
Ok, I’ll say something about religions, too! Crosses. The cross is a religious symbol (I don’t want to say catholic, because it’s not, it’s an ancient symbol that has been used in so many religions before Jesus Christ was created) and we’re wearing it like it’s nothing. I’m the first one, I love my crosses everywhere, I put them wherever they fit, neck, ears, t-shirts! Do you ever think that someone could think you’re religious even if you’re not? I’m definitely not, I just like the symbol, but I’m often asked if I am.
Not to mention rosaries: I’m into them since I went through my goth period. Or lately we’re all about the sacred heart .
I’ve found this post that could be interesting for you! She talks about religious symbols, but also about the keffiyeh (kefiah), which is another politic/religious symbol I used to wear in my teenage years, and had no absofuckinglutely idea of what I was carrying around. Now I know, and feel pity for adult people who wear it for fashion ‘s sake.
What do you think about it? Do you feel offended by people carrying symbols? Do you think it’s a right thing to do? Do you feel that garments should mean something more than “fashion”?
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