I took a photo similar to this site when I was first taking pictures seriously, and hadn’t been to the site since until recently, when I shot this roll. It does have a very “Shadow of God” vibe, though I suppose the feeling of that concept is going to depend on the individual, isn’t it? Perhaps to many it’s just another monument on a hill, which just happens to share the site of the real destination; the panoramic views of the city below. To others, the symbol is one of comfort or joy, and hope that life has a purpose, whether we understand it or not.
To some however, this site and a similar one in La Jolla, is a source of anger and tension. There are some who feel that having a cross on public land is offensive, an idea I have yet to understand. I’ve always thought that, if one isn’t a Christian, then this symbol should have all of the meaning of candy canes, or the Easter Bunny. I wouldn’t be offended if this were a Star of David or an Aum, or even a Star and Crecent (though I’m sure a lot of controversy would surround the prominence of something like that).
At any rate, even though this is a country that welcomes people of all backgrounds and faiths, it is worth mentioning that the majority is of a Judeo-Christian background. If the presence of a religious symbol from another faith is this disturbing, the it would seem that personal reflection would gain far more than aggression towards something simply because it’s different.
As for atheism, if they are indeed right and there is no God, then where does this anger come from? How can one be this upset with something that doesn’t exist?
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