A Logo of the True West …?

THETRUEWEST logo tree and celtic moon copy

Draft only…

I’ve been thinking what does represent the True West best, most unambiguously, without any reference to bad episodes in the actual western history? So a viking-looking ship isn’t a safe choice, though sailing to new lands is a very Western thing.

So, a Tree of Life perhaps? Grounded in the Earth and reaching for the sky. With a glowing crystal of knowledge and communication (borrowed from my True-Western fantasy Apples of Aeden, where each World Tree has a Heartstone).

What do you think?

Oh yes, here’s the PDF of the Declaration with this new logo in it:

Declaration for etching 300318

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Icons of the True West, anyone?

Googling didn’t find me much on this at all – what are the images and icons that people who love the ideals of the West, as distinct from a western country or western religion, use? Is there such an icon? Could someone or some group invent one? Could we?

In that spirit, I will submit some images for your feedback. The one I put on the poster is one idea only – the ship sailing to new lands representing new understandings, knowledge, wisdom. Only trouble is, the Vikings, Columbus and his Conquistadors… 😦

So I wonder is the Tree of Life a possibility? Perhaps with a jewel as in my Apples of Aeden fantasy? The jewel representing the high crafts such as that of Feanor in the Silmarillion, who made the Silmaril gems… and the Tree representing growth, life, the connection of Earth and Sky i.e. the Balance… and a lot more besides… but none so far taken by bad groups or specifically national or religious groups. A unifying umbrella graphic for the love of the True West would be I think Awesome…

Anyway, the ship I did does have the Jewel or as it is called in Apples of Aeden the Heartstone, on its mast. Not fully refined yet, but…

THETRUEWEST SHIP LOGO FOR WOODCUT copy  I will add a picture of the Tree of Life when I’ve done one… follow this blog to get email notifications – thank you in advance for your feedback and encouragement, whether through criticism or agreement – or both!

A Declaration of the True West, 1.0

Friends of the True West! Do kindly read this and give me ANY feedback that occurs to you before it’s set in stone (or steel plate actually – for printing as an etched-embossed poster, version 1.0). Here is the digital poster of the draft, and the text below it in case you want to copy and paste and edit to repost or share – all I ask is add to the end ‘modified by’…. and your name and contact. Or if you love it as is, share freely! Comments welcomed too, for me to look at modifications. I want to put something out there that focuses on the common ideals of the Western culture, not on all that falls short in so many ways as we all know it has and does – hence ‘The TRUE West’…

declaration as if printed with green

The text:

A Declaration of the True West

Stand strong against the encroaching barbarism, all who honour these things:

FREEDOM – Individual freedom of all thought and action except to harm others unjustly.

DEMOCRACY – A belief in collaboration with other free individuals to create, declare and operate companies, districts, states, republics and nations.

JUSTICE – One law for all, democratically framed and improved to always protect the rights of every person.

OWNERSHIP – The right to profit from the creation and trading of goods with other free individuals.

DYNAMISM – Enthusiasm to change things, and oneself, for the better.

TRUTH – Recognition of a non-material reality which may be explored and elucidated by the mind. The sum of This reality we call the Ground of Being, God, or the One.

NATURE – A belief in Laws of Nature and their discoverability. A respect for Nature as an ordered whole within the One.

HISTORY – A belief in the progression of all things from a beginning to an end. We can learn from the past and shape the future.

LEARNING – It is better to know; ignorance is not bliss.

REPENTANCE – An acceptance that human fallibility requires us to often turn back, change our mind, reform.

LOVE – A desire that all our transactions be guided by appreciation and respect for all things and persons.

BEAUTY – An acceptance that pragmatic goals must be balanced with the pursuit of romantic beauty.

DEFENCE – Of our rights, property and lands. The courage to die for these values, these friends who honour them.

http://www.thetruewest.org Peter Harris, Dreamspace, Gisborne, NZ 20/3/18