The philosophy that this design is meant to represent comes from the writings of Thucydides, the Athenian general and historian who authored History of the Peloponnesian War. Thucydides wrote, “And yet, Lacedaemonians, you still delay, and fail to see that peace stays longest with those, who are not more careful to use their power justly than to show their determination not to submit to injustice. On the contrary, your ideal of fair dealing is based on the principle that, if you do not injure others, you need not risk your own fortunes in preventing others from injuring you.” Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus, a writer of the Later Roman Empire, phrased this concept simply in De re militari (“Concerning Military Matters”) by stating, “If you want peace, prepare for war.”

It is left to the viewer to determine what type of war to prepare for and engage in, as there are many types of inter-related warfare underway. For example, there’s the war against truth and reality being waged by many religious and educational institutions as well as the media and big tech companies, the general war against humanity being waged by the New World Order, the war against personal freedom that petty tyrants and their ignominious military and law-enforcement sycophants wage (God bless the soldiers and that tiny fraction of police who honor their oaths), financial war being waged by the Federal Reserve, the World Bank, the IMF, et cetera, and the war against everything that is good, true, rational, and beautiful which is known as the “leftist agenda.” All of these examples are elements of the war between good and evil. Quoting Ephesians 6:12, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” The end result when evil prevails is always the same by definition; immeasurable human suffering and misery, destruction, and death for the benefit of a very few.

Just as there are different types of warfare, there are different ways to resist aggression. I have chosen the medium of art. I believe that art should appeal to the intellect but can also create deep-rooted inspiration and unity among those who have a shared understanding and appreciation for it. My goal is to inspire courage and solidarity in the hearts as well as resolve in the minds of men and women who desire freedom for themselves and for future generations.

So don’t be a Lacedaemonian! For as Plato wrote, “Only the dead have seen the end of war.”

*Note that the design objects are not meant to spell a word, but to represent the acronym “COEXIST,” which is formed from the words “COunter EXtremist ISlamic Terror.” However, as mentioned above, there are innumerable threats to freedom and peace and this design concept has expanded to represent opposition to evil and aggression in all their hideous forms. Although the objects in the design (except the skull) are common household items, some are more easily recognizable than others for some people. For clarification purposes the third object is a set of handgun sights turned sideways.