Thursday, February 21, 2008

Peace = 1958

2/21/1958British artist Gerald Holtom designed a logo for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament that became more commonly known as the peace symbol.
The Hebrew word "Shalom" (Hebrew: שָׁלוֹם), and the Arabic "Salaam" (Arabic: سلام) have been used as peace symbols. Shalom and Salaam literally mean "peace" and are cognates of each other, derived from the Semitic Triconsonantal of Ś-L-M (realized in Hebrew as Š-L-M and in Arabic as S-L-M). They have come to represent "Mideast peace" and an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Wall plaques and signs are sold with both the words and are featured in such Israeli peace songs such as "Salaam (Od Yavo Shalom Aleinu)."

50 years ago today, in 1958, I was born. I now consider myself "Middle Age".

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