It’s interesting to me, how our minds work. For example; the subtle yet profound influence our organic brain, and how it’s wired, has on our everyday cognition.
Over the years I’ve noticed a pattern; groups of humans have been doing something for hundreds of years, then more recently, scientists discover that there’s are sound scientific principles which completely validate that ancient practice.
Take Freemasonry - an institution which has existed for more than 600 years; and which defines itself as “a system of morality, veiled in allegory, and illustrated by symbols.”
Illustrated by symbols.
Undisputedly the most recognized symbol of the Freemasons, the square and compass, contains several layers of significance. With more than 20 minutes worth of verbal lecture hidden within its symbolism.
And that’s just one symbol. We have many. Any Mason worth his salt can look at a piece of Masonic art, such as a tracing board, and recite verbatim a 45-60 minute lecture from memory.
As it turns out, the brain is primarily a visual image processor. The part of the brain responsible for this is bicameral, a large portion of it occupies both sides of the back brain mass. It’s like cutting an orange into halves and holding them to the back of your head near the base of the skull.
By comparison, the part of the brain responsible for processing language is ridiculously smaller, maybe a table spoon sized amount of grey matter, located behind the upper part of your ear. You know, the space that holds the arms of your glasses.
As a result, the brain processes images 60,000 times faster than it processes language. Images tend to go straight to long term memory, while language loiters around in your short term unless/until it occupies enough cognition to earn its way into the long term. This is why you’re better with faces than with names.
This is also why memes are so popular, why "branding" is one of the hallmarks of marketing, and why groups create logos.
Because brand recognition - is just simple science.
So, it is therefore in the name of science that I announce the "VAKNASTAFR;" the official bindrune of the Vaknir Kinnish Commonwealth.
Any Heathen worth their salt recognizes the three primary runes used to build this brand: Algiz, Gebo, Othala; which represent the three primary tenets of Kinnish Heathenry. In addition, the letters of our tribal name “Vaknir” are also hidden in the bindrune; and, there is a little something extra which only the designer is aware of.
Call it a trade secret.
So, if you ever see this on the back of a vehicle, it’s me, or one of my Kin. If you ever see it scratched out in chalk on the sidewalk or side of the road somewhere, we’re nearby.
And, if you ever see a version of this that’s missing Gabo, it’s just a cheap knockoff. They say that imitation is the highest form of flattery, but there's only one Kinnish, and we grow ever stronger.