Did you guys know that Saturday was Swastika Rehabilitation Day [link]?
True bananas. Apparently those kooky alien loving little weirdos over at the Raelian International Movement got together and decided that enough was enough, the Swastika had done it's time and that now they wanted to reclaim it from it's association with the Nazis.
Uh ... good luck with that, Raelians.
I mean, logically I know what they're saying is true. The Swastika was around a hell of a long time before it was adopted by Hitler and his cohorts. It was a mystical and religious symbol for plenty of non-evil groups for thousands of years.
|The Edmonton Swastikas|
And that's the point, I think. It's a taboo. We all know taboos are social constructs, and often illogical, but that doesn't make them any less powerful. As a society, when we see the Swastika we have a visceral reaction, and yes we were taught to feel that way but it doesn't change the fact.
So while I don't necessarily have the same angry reaction to this as other's I've seen, I'm still going to have to decline the Raelian invitation to embrace the Swastika. More power to you if you've put it's history behind you and can accept it again ... I'm just not quite there yet.