.... that the anti-nuclear emblem or the peace sign is one of the most widely known symbols in the world. it was invented on the request of lord bertrand russel, head of the british ‘campaign for nuclear disarmament’ or CDN and sponsor of mass marches and sit-downs in london. the graphic symbol was designed by gerald holtom, a member of the CND movement, as the badge of the ’direct action committee against nuclear war’, for the first demonstration against aldermaston (a british research center for the development of nuclear weapons) in 1958. holtom, a professional designer and a graduate of the london royal college of arts, had originally considered using the christian cross symbol within a circle as the motif for the march, but various priests he had approached with the suggestion were not happy at the idea of using the cross on a protest march.
the first badges were made by eric austin of Kensington CND, using white clay with the symbol painted black. again there was a conscious symbolism. they were distributed with a note explaining that in the event of a nuclear war, these fired pottery badges would be among the few human artifacts to survive the nuclear inferno.
from a design point of view, it is interesting to note that the original sketches are preserved at the school of peace studies, at the bradford university. they show a symbol that stood for ‘the death of man and the unborn child’ and that symbol was designed from the naval code of semaphore - the code letters for N and D (nuclear disarmament).N is two flags, arms down stretched at a forty-five degree angle, and D is two flags, one arm straight up and one straight down. the ends of the ‘arms’ and ‘legs’ thicken and splay out noticeably as they approach the circumference. the circle itself was thick - the thickening itself has two versions: in one, all the straight strokes are thickened; in the other, only those in the lower half of the circle. it is said, that the reason for the symbol being upside own (D over N) is that semaphore is a military code and upside down symbolizes ‘anti-military’.
the symbol was quickly adopted in the US when a friend of martin luther king jr., bayard rustin began using it during civil rights marches. the power of this symbol is emphasized by the fact that various far-right and fundamentalist American groups, during the 1970s, seriously considered forbidding it(they have spread the idea of satanic associations and condemned it as a communist sign). in south africa, under the apartheid regime, there was an official attempt to ban it. also anti-vietnam war protesters picked it up, and it was called ’the footprint of the great american chicken’ by many American soldiers during the vietnam war era.
deliberately never copyrighted, the symbol is still recognized in great britain as the logo for nuclear disarmament, but is known worldwide for peace and non-violence. no one has to pay or to seek permission before they use it. as a symbol of freedom, it is free for all.
Practice kindness and gratitude with everyone, including yourself, everywhere and every day, it's great for the soul! So have an awesome caring day!
Please. Thank. You.
Three words that will totally change this planet.
Peace For All of You
Make Love Not War