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Personal Symbole Essay

583 words - 3 pages

Patrick Murray

Heir Critical reasoning

Spring 2009

A Sign that Defines Me

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My symbol is a portrayal of my personal life direction, touching on the past and pointing towards destiny. The never-ending knot of the Buddha resting on a bed of oak tree leaves covered by a Celtic compass, this is who I am. This is what I’m all about. The layered order of the symbols are placed in an almost autobiographical order, childhood, adolescents and future self. The placement also reflects the transitions that we make in
out lives, all whale holding onto the past keeping it as an ever present force for my future. It was interesting whale finding symbols that represent myself I tried to pay no attention to the descriptions at first and only go off of gut feeling and ...view middle of the document...

It was a place where I learned how to be a man, how to survive, and how to enjoy nature and everything that it has to offer. These experiences had molded who I am as a person. Someone who puts environment in front of self, much like Celtic traditions believe oak to be the gateway to the woods.

The endless Knot is a symbol for never ending knowledge loop and the quest for knowledge. Much like adolescents in the developmental stages of life they want to learn and become an intelligent human. The endless knot is also a symbol of continuity within life’s undying existence of a dualistic world, the opposing forces of good and evil. This is much like the trials and tribulations that we are faced with as we grow older and our worldview broadens. With that broadened view we have a choice to succumb to the worlds temptations or turn towards the path of righteous. The knot is deeply rutted in Buddhism and is held as one of the eight major Buddhist symbols. The intertwining knot is also found in various other forms of knots in Celtic symbols, but in when I was younger I strayed from the catholic church to pressure Buddhism and found the Buddhist version of the symbol to hold much more meaning than the Celtic versions. The sharp of the knot also apples to me ascetically, its sharp ninety degree angles and ridged balance speak to my design sense, in always incorporating a grid or some kind of of underlying structure. I have chosen to make the knot rough around the edges because I am not perfect; I am not like the Buddha. I am not the holder of never ending wisdom, but it is a life goal, and if one day I were to reach infant knowledge the lines would have to be straightened. But that might be a long shot.

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