Does the fighting-spirit always resurface when conditions require it? It appears so.
When I watched THIS #120db (120 decibels) video, I realized they were speaking to me as well as to their sisters in Europe at the proclamation, “We are the daughters of Europa!” My foremothers (and forefathers) came from England, France, and the Netherlands. To be honest, probably a couple of other locales fed my family tree, as well. What a betrayal if I turn my back on my roots, my people.
My design had to be aggressive, so I looked at Europe’s great national crests and in the end was most inspired by Poland’s. It just so happens they are one of the few countries fighting to preserve themselves against the tsunami of smartphone wielding “refugees” overwhelming Europe. I took many liberties with it, especially modifying it to reflect a desire for Peace, symbolized by the pen-point feathers, combined with the willingness for War if the attempt at peace should fail (swords visible over both shoulders).
America may have split from Britain nearly 250 years ago, but many of us descended from those British upstarts will always have more in common with the “spirit” of Europe than with cultures to the south of America.
SI VIS PACEM, PARA BELLUM!
It’s in my Teespring store now.