Man’s Victory or Fragile Keepsake?

Every time I see someone holding a globe in their hand such as this one, I start to wonder what it symbolizes. Is it a representation of man’s greatest victory – colonizing our planet, or does it symbolize our responsibility to protect what we’ve been given?

One one hand, I can’t help but think that maybe it means that “Mother Earth” is trying to protect her baby planet in presenting this small scale earth as a fragile possession, like it’s our keepsake. In nearly every picture like this in existence, it’s always smooth feminine hands holding the globe, I mean, have you ever seen hairy gorilla-man hands holding a globe like this?

On the other hand, every time I see a globe like this, it’s sectioned off into our countries, states, and territories and is labeled with our names for things. It’s almost like a showcase trophy of man’s greatest victory: conquering planet earth. We’ve claimed these areas of land as man’s possessions just by the existence of a labeled map or globe. So here’s a question for you to answer, all who view my blog:

What do you think it represents?


3 thoughts on “Man’s Victory or Fragile Keepsake?

  1. That’s a great observation; I never really noticed that before! Maybe it means that by conquering the earth, in our taker culture’s mind- they’re saving it.


  2. Wow, I agree with Ali. I have never thought of it that way. Obviously larger globes have the labels for education purposes, but why do these smaller globes and pictures require labeling? What a realization, why aren't there manly hands holding this globe? Maybe that implies that men are violent and chaotic and cannot care for such a precious environment. I would disagree with that, but maybe that is another implication. Either way, do you believe the world is ours for the taking, or do you believe it is ours to care for.


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