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Alastar (profile) wrote,
on 3-15-2009 at 12:50am
Subject: Pretentious and Trite Reasoning for a Tattoo

Everything is connected. Our actions have effects that we cannot conceive. We are gears in a machine, but we do not know how this machine is put together. If we did, or if we could look at the schematics, we could see every possible course that our energy output could take. We would see the end result, and we would know before we acted what the exact consequences would be. However, we don't have that capability. We may be able see this on a smaller scale, but we can never have the whole picture. Too many other gears are constantly interfering, ones of which we are completely unaware. Communication is key. If we could all work together coherently and efficiently, the possibilities would be endless. We are all parts in this machine and our actions decide the outcome and the product it generates. Synchronization. Collaboration.

The gear would be a symbol of the realization that my actions have effects on everything around me. It would serve as a reminder to question more thoroughly the things I do before I do them. It would keep me aware of a larger universe than just the one I inhabit in my mind.

My ideas are a result of the culture in which I was brought up. They are a product of all the information I've ever taken in. The gear is a symbol for the continuity of time. This is the reason for the twelve cogs, representing a clock. The past controls the present controls the future controls the limitless possibilities of time.

The endless circular motion represents the cycle that every atom on the planet is a part of. It is a realization of death as not the end, but as just another turn of the gear. Renewal.

The inner gear with ridges pointing inward symbolizes the fact that though I realize I am part of a larger entity, I cannot forget about my self. I cannot forgo completely my own goals, feelings, needs. I must weigh the two against each other and make my decisions.
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cleverlinesunread

03-18-09 10:24pm

Thanks.. now you make my tattoo meaning look lame.

And, um, I don't know if this was just supposed to be an explanation type deal but if so you failed. It's more like a piece of art.

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alastar

Re:, 03-19-09 12:19am

I wasn't trying to make yours look lame! Your reasoning is simple and succinct; it's perfect. Mine is complex and contrived, over thought to the point of redundancy. It is too full of symbolism on different levels, to the point that I cannot even explain the reasoning clearly to people when they ask.

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cleverlinesunread

Re: Re:, 03-19-09 9:27pm

I think that's awesome!

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