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Old 16th April 2012, 08:59 PM
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It's my experience that producing and using symbols is inherantly human, not at all unique to religion.

I'm looking for a secular symbol embodying the concepts of strength and temperance; in the form of something one might put on a necklace or have a tattoo made of.

Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 16th April 2012, 09:42 PM
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The words themselves do just as well for me when I need something.

Why "secular" anyway? Is this to differentiate from "religious strength and temperance"?
Yes, I would proffer the meaning of the symbol not be contingent on or imply to an observer my subscription to the belief in any god; such as a hammer of Thor.
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Old 17th April 2012, 08:01 AM
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I'm looking for a secular symbol embodying the concepts of strength and temperance; in the form of something one might put on a necklace or have a tattoo made of.
Schwarzenegger holding upside down an empty bottle of gin?

Find some of the old temperance advertisements and photoshop up some beef on the ladies?

Sorry, symbols beyond the use of words for communication are not my forte.
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Old 17th April 2012, 08:11 AM
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It's my experience that producing and using symbols is inherantly human, not at all unique to religion.

I'm looking for a secular symbol embodying the concepts of strength and temperance; in the form of something one might put on a necklace or have a tattoo made of.

Any help would be appreciated.
Why not a simple barbell, it takes strength to lift and the metal used to make it is often tempered. Simple and direct analogies.
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Old 17th April 2012, 08:13 AM
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Jerry, check out the tattoo's thread which is floating around somewhere here, you will see that quite a few of the folk here have marked themselves with an atheist "brand"
My best advice is that for me tattoo's need to be something very personal, as obviously you'll be wearing it for some time!
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Old 17th April 2012, 08:30 AM
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Good things come to those who weight?
Pfft.

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Jerry? Do you have any ink already? I have several tats that mean nothing to anyone but me. Anyone could look at my ink and make assumptions, but I didn't get it for them. I LOVE the idea of a barbell, but that's just me. More importantly, it must mean something to you.
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I'm looking for a secular symbol embodying the concepts of strength and temperance
Really?

You're looking for a "secular" symbol for two of the Christian "Cardinal Virtues"?

Methinks I smell rodentus disingenuous.
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If I was into using tattoos to express myself, a picture of Carl Sagan with a quote We are a way for the cosmos to know itself would be my choice

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