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Fly the Flag for Brazil

You might be surprised to discover that around 10% of this blog’s readers are from Brazil.

I’d love to go there.  The people seem to be particularly beautiful, as is the scenery.  The history is as interesting and exciting as it is ancient, especially in Australian terms.  Maybe one day….

One of the wonderful things about Brazil is their national flag.  It’s been like this since the 15th of November 1889, 125 years ago today.  The green and yellow sections were an acknowledgement of the royalty that had previously led the country.  Saying hello to your heritage is certainly a crucial aspect of culture.  It is something that we must all do with great respect and care.  The revisionists who would seek to rewrite history to leave out crucial aspects, like the way that Christianity shaped society in terms of universities, schools, hospitals and the government itself, must not be allowed to prevail.  Our godly heritage is certainly an important topic for our arts.  It is an important message that must be passed accurately through the generations.

The blue starry sky shows the position that the stars above Brazil were in that night 125 years ago.  The twenty-seven stars each represent a specific state and then there is also one for the Federal District – so a very similar concept to Australia’s flag.  I sometimes wonder about the creative process that goes into designing something like a nation’s flag.  It must be rich with symbolism.  It must point the nation’s story and identity.  To do that well, my hypothesis is that there needs to be a fair amount of design inspiration involved.

The motto written across the curved band is Ordem e Progresso, or Order and Progress.  This was inspired by a quote of Auguste Comte: L’amour pour principe et l’ordre pour base; le progrès pour but.  This means that as a nation, they aim to have Love as a principle and order as the basis; progress as the goal.  What a great summary of good government.

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There’s no doubt that this flag is a meaningful artwork.  I wonder if the four men who designed it collaboratively had any idea that it would be instantly recognisable around the world.  I wonder if they knew how this flag would help steer their culture.  I wonder if they could picture the Brazilian people still embracing this imagery 125 years later.  Some art is made to last.

You are creative; made to create.  What are you creating that will be celebrated in 125 years time for shifting the culture.  Worth thinking about maybe?

Always changing; Thy Kingdom come.

Jonathan

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