As someone new the the Movement I think the current symbol is very effective. I got it when I saw it and its simple. I think simplicity is the key to a great memetic.
But we don’t need just one symbol, perhaps one overarching one for “branding” purposes, but I feel that we stand for so many different ideals (of which we choose the most meritorious) that focusing on perpetuating a single defining symbol could hurt the rate at which we expand.
I would like to consider using a dog in some way to symbolize Trust. Ultimately I know that my disillusionment with society/government comes from the death of my trust in them as individuals and in the system that enables the success of such untrustworthy people. I think, more than anything else wrong with government, that the inability to trust is the root cause of why a system that has been broken for so long has not been able to evolve into the next step. Whatever new candidate or movement arises, ultimately it/they fail because they did not establish a method to instill trust, first and foremost.
It is for that reason that I think our success or failure as a party and as a movement will hinge upon the trust we are able to establish. Our systems and ideology point towards designing governmental systems that help the meritorious rise and I worry that we may lose sight of the fact that it is trust in our selves (our ability to know) and in the systems we build (the success in such a system requires by default, trustworthiness) that acts as the catalyst for change.
I want to be involved in the party because I want to be a part of designing something that is inherently trustworthy because I think for any leader to lead, the followers must trust. In this day and age it is so easy to manipulate perception that trust can be ‘established’ in virtually any person for any cause for any party.
I think the meritorious party should recognize that and champion the ideals of trust by designing systems and methods that are implicitly trustworthy. Our symbolism should reflect that.
The dog is the only symbol I could find that represents trustworthiness/loyalty (to the people) but I am open to other ideas. I am not much of an artist but I think wolves are an excellent example of a way to make a brand that doesn’t look like some silly docile puppy. I also like the added layer of becoming a pack and the naturally hierarchy that is established within a wolf pack.
Our alpha wolves (elected meritorious leaders) will be trustworthy by the nature of the processes we design to elect them in the first place. Again, I cannot stress enough the importance of inherent trust in everything that we do. Most of the symbolism discussed and that I see in the current party systems are essentially following the same pattern and the same stories and spiral together into one big vortex of good intention with inadequate follow through/representation. I simply don’t believe that the various parties truly stand for what their symbols claim.
There has not been a party or leadership faculty that has overtly and directly tackled the philosophical/psychological need for trust, come to a common consensus, and designed platforms that stem from the declared definition/understanding of trust itself.
The Meritorious should be champions of trust for it is my trust in them that will cause me to stand with them, even in situations where I am not completely aware of situation. Never blind trust but rather trust through transparency so that those with eyes wide open can see the truth and merit of our causes/plans/actions/rulings etc.
How do we feel about trust symbolism?