You may have looked at the Books of Liberty logo and wondered why I chose a turtle. You’re not alone in questioning this. In fact, so many have asked me this question, I’ve decided to add the contents of this short blog post into the Books of Liberty About page.
In many cultures and mythologies turtles or tortoises symbolize a variety of things, but quite often they represent wisdom and knowledge, longevity and stability, patience and tranquility, and of course the resilience and long-term commitment that brings it success against faster, more agile but also arrogant and overconfident opponents.
To me, it symbolizes the philosophy of freedom and non-violence. I appreciate the porcupine analogy and I am not opposed to self-defense. But my hat off to an animal who can withstand attacks from its enemies and defend itself in an admirably non-aggressive and non-retaliatory manner. It inspires me to communicate nonviolently and to try to find ways to bridge the gaps in as peaceful a way as possible.
And in the end, I believe that the ideas of peace and freedom will eventually win. We have truth on our side. We have the knowledge and wisdom and are willing to take our time to peacefully lead others to realize within themselves the veracity and values of our position. We lack the arrogance of the central planners who think they can hasten the coming of the messiah by scientifically forging the perfect state of being for all. Slow and steady wins the race!
What does the turtle mean to you? Join the Books of Liberty Book Club to connect with friends in our members-only Facebook group and let us know your thoughts of this odd creature that inspires so many. Feel free to post your thoughts below on suggestions for what to name this cute little book-turtle. And as always, thank you for reading!