Thursday, February 5, 2009


Quick back-story:
During the debate over the pending ratification of the Constitution, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay wrote a series of articles under the pseudonym "Publius." These articles eventually became known as The Federalist Papers. The name "Publius" referred back to a Roman consul who was generally known as "friend of the people." Yeah... I know. It's a bit out there, but not without meaning.

The symbolic gesture of the shrug is an understated yet powerful image that conveys an understanding and an outward sense of indifference. Beneath the surface, however, that indifference gives way to a smoldering desire to speak out... if only we believed that anyone would care to listen.

Publius, then, is the public interest that has reached a point of helplessness. But the need to influence remains, despite the futility.

So, forgive me for my over-embellished sense of symbolism. You can take it or leave... just as long as you understand it.

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