Tribolt - "Supplies, Knowledge, Experience"
We at Viking Services LLC have changed our logo.
The original symbol on the shield was the Viking rune - Algiz.
I thought it was striking.
But I was constantly asked, “What’s with the broken cross?”
If you have been reading this blog for any length of time you should fully realize that I am a Christian. When asked this question about the symbolism, I would invariably reply with words to the effect of:
It is not a broken cross - it is a Viking rune. The Vikings used runes as a system of writing.
Specifically, it is called the Algiz.
It pre-dates the Christian cross and has nothing to do with the Cross.
It is the rune for protection and preparedness.
Therefore, I find it very appropriate for Viking Preparedness LLC.
Now, I am fully aware that some Wiccans use runes.
I am fully aware that White Supremacists use runes.
For all I know, aliens use runes.
Okay, fine. I will not let others' use of runes keep me from doing so.
And I don't "use" runes. I don't cast them to foretell fortunes or anything else.
As far as I am concerned, as far as Viking Preparedness LLC is concerned - it is simply what it is: A symbol of preparedness and protection.
Alas, Despite my explanations to the contrary - it just became a stumbling block to some Christians.
Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother's way. - Romans 14:13
So, after some prayerful reflection, we put the most excellent Viking Services LLC Graphic Arts Division on it and viola! We have a new logo.
Some of you in the know may think the Tribolt stands for "Land, Sea, and Air" but you would be mistaken.
It stands for the three aspects of preparedness as preached by well, me:
One can go out and buy all the supplies in the world, but without the knowledge to properly use them - they won't help much.
One can have all the book (and Internet) knowledge in the world (to go with those supplies) but without experience they won't be all that useful.
Experience - the intangible that comes from getting out and doing stuff - this is what will allow supplies and knowledge to be maximized.
All three together make a pretty good start on Preparedness.
We have not and will not “deregister” the old logo and someday, who knows? We may use it again. But for now – all hail the new logo – the Viking Tribolt!
And those of us with merchandise containing the old logo – how cool is that? We now have “old school” merch!
I’ll see ya out there.
But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak. - 1 Corinthians 8:9
If you have any comments I’d love to hear them.
If they really interest me, I may even post them.
You can reach me at Joe
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