I was hiking in San Francisco and came across this rock formation on the ground.
When you look at it, what do you see?
To many, it is the peace symbol that was designed for the British nuclear disarmament movement and later made popular by hippies in the U.S. during the 1960s. It was a beacon of hope for those who protested nuclear weapons, pushed to protect the Earth and create a new age utopia.
To some, though, it is a symbol of destruction – the broken, upside-down cross of the Roman emperor Nero who hated and persecuted the early Christians. It was later used by the Nazis, pagan mystics, and more recently heavy metal rock bands.
Life is about perspective. Anais Nin said, “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” In other words, what you see reveals a frame of reference and lets the world know who you are.
When I look at the symbol, I choose to see peace and unity. What do you see?
Photo and story by Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy.
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