The philosophy that inspired me to create this design comes from my Christian upbringing and 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 more simply in De re militari (“Concerning Military Matters”) by stating, “If you want peace, prepare for war.”

It’s up to each of us to determine what type of war to prepare for and engage in. There are many types of warfare already underway, each inter-related and insidious. For example, there’s the war against truth, knowledge, and reality being waged by educational institutions as well as the media and big tech companies, the war against humanity being waged by the New World Order, the war against God, morality, and reason waged by judges, the war against personal freedom that petty tyrants and their ignominious military and law-enforcement sycophants wage (God bless the soldiers and that fraction of police who honor their oaths), the war against national sovereignty and freedom by the United Nations, financial war being waged by bankers, the war by legislators, governors, bureaucrats, and intelligence agencies against the Constitution, the merciless, murderous war against the most innocent and helpless unborn children and against our physical and mental health by the medical industry, the war against our daily peace by common criminals, and the war against everything that is good, true, rational, holy, and beautiful which is known as the “leftist agenda.” All of these examples are elements of the great spiritual war between good and evil being waged by Satan through his influence over the corrupt governments of the Earth from the smallest city councils to the coalescence of evil in Washington DC and by the legions of Satan’s mortal children. Quoting Ephesians chapter six verse twelve, “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.” And Matthew chapter ten verse thirty-four: “Think not that I [Jesus] am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.”

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.