Tonight I'm going to attend a lecture by Harry S. Dent (see my February 10, 2009 entry) so I'll write about his ideas tomorrow as well as provide personal opinions about his book and his ideas.
Oddly enough I think that symbols and the economy are related though.
I've been thinking about symbols lately.
Sometimes when I drive across the pasture I see birds sitting around out there. A friend one time told me that my first problem was driving in the pasture. Maybe so. It must sound a bit strange to someone who has no pasture.
Anyway sometimes there are these big, black birds. Usually there are maybe 8 or 9 and they just sit there and watch me drive past them. They are menacing birds. I think they are American Crows.
At least that's the picture of an American Crow thanks to Wikipedia. Mine are more menacing than this one though and quite a bit bigger.
Something I've noticed is that often when I see these guys then something bad happens. Usually someone gets sick or something breaks. That kind of thing.
Sounds like a superstition doesn't it? It could be I suppose except I am neither fearful or irrational. It is more like I am just an observer and I've happened to notice these coincidences.
Then there are some other birds that are smaller and kind of a tan color and usually there are more of them. When the smaller birds arrive the black birds leave.
So this story line popped up in my imagination.
It's about this police detective and he notices that when he drives across his pasture and sees these crows that a crime always occurs within a few days. I had a pretty decent little story moving along up there in my head somewhere.
Sometime along the way though I began wondering if maybe we should be thinking more symbolically about things. Like cleaning up the poop as an example and how I noticed that it is easier to clean it up when it is dried out. Also doesn't smell as bad.
Numbers are actually symbols although we tend to think about them as being the thing they are symbolizing.
Stuff like that.