The Swastika is classified as being the world’s oldest known symbol since it has been around for well over 3000 years, and it is universally accepted as being an undisputed symbol of power.
Throughout the years the Swastika has been called by many different names and it has been shared by multiple cultures. For example, the Chinese call it Wan while the English know it as Fylfot, and the Germans called it Hakenkreuz prior to Hitler and the Nazis misusing the symbol.
The Ancient Greeks also used the symbol and they called it Tetraskellon and Gammadion, however, the current name finds its roots in India since the Indians call the symbol Swastika. The Swastika as it is known today was also used by certain Native Americans as a totem since the Swastika symbolizes life, sun, power, strength, and good luck.
For the Chinese all four directions were equal and meant the same thing, however, there are some cultures that view the Swastika in a different light. For example, some cultures refer to the clockwise Swastika versus the counterclockwise Swastika which is generally accepted to mean bad luck.
The Swastika was erroneously used by the Nazis and by Hitler as a symbol of national pride, however, as previously stated the Germans already had a history with the Swastika which was known to them as Hakenkreuz, and since the Swastika started out as a religious symbol it will always remain as one for the vast majority of people since the word Swastika was originally taken from the Sanskrit word Svastika where it translates to “Su” for good and to “Asti” for to be and where “Ka” is used as a suffix.
I have provided this same information to many Neo-Nazis that never knew the origin of the Swastika and that thought that it was an invention of Hitler and the Nazis, however, many have had a change of heart once they find out that the symbol never meant hate as it is often portrayed in movies.
I am qualified to make the aforementioned statements due to my educational background in history which is mentioned in the section that's right next to my blog posts. I have always been interested in symbols and spent countless hours in school conducting the kind of research that allows one to understand the true nature of the Swastika prior to it being perverted and accepted in the Western World as a symbol of hatred. The Swastika never meant hatred and we shouldn't accept it as a symbol of hate because to do so is to give a man like Hitler the kind of power that he doesn't deserve.
If we are looking for some profound words that a man from Europe spoke then I propose that we choose the words of the German Philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel instead of Hitler because Hitler didn't have a single intelligent thing to say unlike Hegel who said, "Governments have never learned anything from history or acted on principles deducted from it," and "Mark this well, you proud men of action! you are after all, nothing but unconscious instruments of the men of thought."
I refuse to give Hitler and the Nazis the kind of power that they don't deserve and I firmly believe that rejecting their offensive redefining of the Swastika is the beginning of cleansing ourselves of the horrible condition that Hitler and the Nazis left the world in after World War II and after the atrocities that were committed during the Holocaust. And if we are to remember anything about the Swastika that was misused by the Nazis in their ridiculous flag, it should be that Hitler and the Nazis purposely stole a time honored religious symbol and added it to their Nazi flag simply because they collectively lacked the intelligence and the creativity and the originality that was required to come up with something new.
Carmichael Wolfe “The Eclectic Novelist”
Author of The Playground