I don’t feel that people hurt because they are unenlightened. I feel they are unenlightened because they do not hurt.
All spiritual symbolism you see is a symbol of an attitude and can remind you of its use. It’s the value of carrying symbols, at least for those who are ethically focused, otherwise they are just badges of allegiance and not much else. Many wear a cross while they busily pursue the most greedy of life paths. Many wear peace symbols while they pick a fight with everyone they see over they lack of compassion, challenging them for having a hamburger and nonsense like that.
What is the true ethical meaning of the cross? The true ethical meaning of the cross is that we all stand on common ground. We all live under the sun and moon. None should gain by forcing another to lose. Long story short, work with the cycle instead of trying to turn it into a loop hole.
Many professions adopt a symbol for their ethics. Indeed. The caduceus for medicine. The scales for law. Nominally every path we set up has ethical principles behind it or we would never have pursued it in the first place. The scales symbolize restoring balance, fair exchange.
Someone told me recently that the symbol for printers was a griffin holding inking balls. It is. The gryphon is the symbol of vision. It can be understood as the Mountain King and was often present in the heraldry of nobles who held land in elevated territory. But yes, the gryphon represents far sighted mastery, and the total symbol represents the far sighted view of the world gained through letters and lettering. Even historically, a scribe was a person of great power as they were privy to the thoughts of all of the leading minds, over other educated individuals who were specialized. Nobles education involved history and tactics. Natural philosophy was considered of little use. They also studied agriculture and other “sciences” of that sort, but notoriously they were near sighted and often rigid thinkers. This is why later they would come to be patrons of artists and seers.
A scribe was often seen as a seer to some degree, because they would often have unorthodox and spontaneous insights drawn from their grasp of poetry as much as “educational” literature. Current research is now even recognizing two forms of intelligence. I will paraphrase. Systemic intelligence, or those who do well in a studied and systematic way of assimilating information, and spontaneous, those who are strong at sudden intuitive recognition and comprehension of information they are exposed to.
I fall into the latter category. My wife is stronger in the systemic category. I just don’t understand things I see until finally I do, and she is good at breaking things down.
Your thoughts are welcome. Be well friends.