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There is no wordlwide accepted flag of Earth.
Many flagmakers have in their stocks several designs
that they call “Earth flag”, which have no official
status, of course.
James Dignan, 27 May 1996
The UN flag, by virtue of its
visibility and the organization behind it, is probably the
consensus “flag of the world” today. However many world
flag designers either don’t feel represented by the
UN, or are trying to create some kind of an idea which
cannot be adequately represented by a political entity.
Very few of the world-flaggers actually advocate world
government or world federalism. They seem to be attempting
to represent universal ideals in their designs. It’s odd that
there would be so many world flag designs if the concepts
they are trying to reflect are indeed so universal. Perhaps
the ideals aren’t as universal as they thought…
or more likely, these grand and all-encompassing ideals
can’t be neatly summed up in a single flag design.
Steve Kramer, 21 Jan 2003
[World flag proposal designs] attempt to symbolize a non-political
idea with a symbol most of us regard as political, i.e., a flag.
Flags have always had this sort of connotation, and there’s
nothing intrinsically wrong about that. But you can’t use
political language, so to speak, to express a non-political idea.
One suspects that the proponents of this concept are trying to say
«Let’s all join together and rise above national and
ethnic differences and proclaim the unity of the human race and the
oneness of mankind.» Now there, mes amis, is an idea
worth promoting. I’m just not sure a flag — any flag
— can carry the message.
Bill Dunning, 22 Jan 2003
I think the problem is a bit different. A flag is a symbol of both
inclusion and exclusion. It’s a ceiling under which we get
reunited, and exclude them, the guys who do not belong under our
flag. A flag, to work, needs both: a set of “us“ and set of
“them”. So, a flag for the planet is not viable, because
there’s no “them”. If, or when, we find or establish
extraterrestrial populations, then a flag of Earth will naturally emerge,
probably as a response of flags adopted by “them”, since the
majorities are usually the last to adopt a flag.
Jorge Candeias, 21 Jan 2003
One possible explanation for so many world flag designs could
also be, that these world flags are all fairly unknown to most
people. Thus, when someone comes up with the idea that there
should be a world flag, they don’t know that there already exist
a couple of flags like that.
Elias Granqvist, 21 Jan 2003
I also don’t see how each new design actually improves the
John Ayer, 21 Jan 2003
I’m afraid the goal is to improve the manufactor’s and vendor’s
António Martins, 22 Jan 2003
Needless to say, [world flag proposal designers] have got their
design all picked out. And the entire world, which as we know agrees
on so much else, will naturally agree on it. Perhaps just as there
are parks in Russia containing the fallen statues of Stalin, there
should be a special section of our site for all these vanity Earth
Nathan Lamm, 20 Jan 2003
[World flag proposal designers] were wondering if you might like to
list [their] flag on your site and thus give prominence to the idea.
Anselma Torres, 19 Jan 2003
However unnofficial, naive or plain ugly, if any of these designs
ever catches up, however slightly and efemerously, we should report
it in these pages. Considering that unflattering comments may end up
added to the pages, having these designs on our site may not be the
best way to publicize your very own world flag…
António Martins, 22 Jan 2003 and 24 Jan 2003
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