Years ago, the author had in the US Army, acquired and read Hiroaki Samura’s Blade of the Immortal. It had been an inspiration, and held stories of kessen-chu (blood worms) that were responsible for the main charter’s contingent immortality. Yet, prior to this there had been tremendous interest in the role of spirals, and after having received graph paper from IBM, I quantized spirals on graph paper in a young age. It had resulted in some severe misunderstandings at a young age not understanding of specific social dynamics.
Today, thanks to the work of Manka Dhingra, and others, in Washington State Senate, the author’s nick “manji” is now protected (SB 56231) as it is a symbol with deep meaning across various cultures over 4,000 years (Senate Democrats, 2023).
It is fortunate, it is wonderful, it is as if society is ”turning right side up that which has been turned upside down”. The restoration of that which has been part of communication for a majority of human history for a time far greater than recent history has been accomplished. For this reason, and more, Washington State remains a home, a retreat, and a park.
Senate Democrats [Washington State]. (2023). Dhingra bill strengthening protections against hate crimes signed into law. https://senatedemocrats.wa.gov/dhingra/2023/04/06/dhingra-bill-strengthening-protections-against-hate-crimes-signed-into-law/