As I am writing my novel, I came across this interesting subject. (And before any of you ask, yes I am still trying to write TDBG's next chapter. I haven't given up on it, I still will give you the two chapters on it. I'm just on a roll with my novel, and I want to get the next chapter finished before I lose my train of thought on it; it's a rather intense chapter.)
In my novel, without disclosing much, there is a group of people who are a destructive force in the post-apocalyptic world. Their goals don't seem to be for survival or power, but cruelty and sadism. I was thinking about what kind of symbol would be right, for a group that represents hate.
Now as the journal title points out, love's symbol is the heart.
Anyone would say that. If you asked someone what symbol represents love, 99.9% would say a heart. But the problem is, for the opposite, hate, there isn't a very clear symbol to represent it.
I thought of some. A broken heart usually represents sadness, not hate. Skull and crossbones are more to symbolize death and danger (hazardous chemicals have skulls on them to warn about death, not hate). A red X is usually for warding off something, not hate.
To me, there's two I can think of, but they don't fall within common symbols. They are more a representation of someone, even if today we see that group of people as hateful. Though it more falls into the fact that they are seen as evil, and while hate is an ugly thing, hate doesn't always walk hand-in-hand with evil. (We hate diseases, we hate natural disasters, we hate spelling errors, but none of those are evil.)
My personal thoughts of what comes to mind as symbols of hate are the Nazi's Swastika, and the KKK's hood. The former is universal, everyone knows the Nazis, and everyone sees the Swastika as a symbol of hate, evil, and cruelty. It's the first symbol that comes to mind to people I ask.
The KKK are more so American history, a vile group of racist white supremacists who attacked politicians, those of different colors and religions, and others they deemed lesser than them. I know some of my Canadian friends don't know about them as much, so it's not so much a universal symbol; it's still one of the ugliest symbols of hate I can think of, those white pointed hoods that represent a group motivated solely on hate.
So to ask all of you, as unusually serious as I am now...
What would be a commonly perceived symbol of hate to you?
I appreciate hearing from you all. Hope to get some good replies!
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