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Symbolism — ONLY

You may remember a previous post entitled “Symbolism over Substance.”  Today’s conversation is about one thing and one thing only:  Symbolism.  Symbolism as defined: “1.  the practice of representing things by symbols, or of investing things with a symbolic meaning or character;  2.  a set or system of symbols;  3.  symbolic meaning or character;  4.  the principles and practice of symbolics in art or literature.”  When symbols or symbolic suggestions are used, it is understood that the examples that are used to demonstrate always reference the actual person, thing, set of values, circumstances, etc. to which the symbolism relates.  Unfortunately we are seeing a new definition with an entirely new set of methods to demonstrate symbolism.  For lack of a better word (and only for this conversation), let’s coin the term “Trumpolism.”

Lots of symbolism in our World today.  Let’s look at several examples:

First, March 8th was “International Women’s Day,” an event held around the world to commemorate the struggle for women’s rights.  Here are five facts about the day:

1. Originally called International Working Women’s Day, it was first celebrated on February 28, 1909, in New York in remembrance of a 1908 strike of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union when 15,000 workers, including many immigrants, marched through the city’s lower east side to demand social and political rights;  2. The first modern International Women’s Day was held in 1914, five years after its inception, on March 8. The day was chosen because it was a Sunday, which the majority of women would have off work allowing them to participate in marches and other events, and has been celebrated on that date ever since;  3. The day was declared a national holiday in the Soviet Union in 1917, and was predominantly celebrated by the socialist movement and communist countries until it was adopted by the UN in 1977. Since 1996, the UN has assigned a theme to every IWD. This year’s theme is “Be bold for change;”  4. According to the UN, it is “a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political. It is an occasion for looking back on past struggles and accomplishments, and more importantly, for looking ahead to the untapped potential and opportunities that await future generations of women;  5.  The day is now an official holiday in several countries including Afghanistan, Cambodia, Mongolia, Vietnam and Zambia and for women only in countries including China, Madagascar and Nepal.

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