๐Ÿšœ Tractors: a new symbol for peace

๐Ÿšœ Tractors: a new symbol for peace

Iโ€™ve taken the decision to โœ๐Ÿผ write this short article using the added colour and symbolism of emojiโ€™s, because we live in a ๐ŸŒ world that is defined by symbolism, from brands to symbols of culture, faith or nationalism. This is wonderful. When we engage with our desire for global โ˜ฎ๏ธ peace we engage with language. When we engage with language we engage with culture. When we engage with culture we engage with symbols of these cultures. And across the world, we have so many ways of defining peace though word and image.

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We have so many symbols that mean or can represent peace; ๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ––๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ™๐ŸพโœŒ๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿผ๐Ÿชข๐Ÿชถ๐ŸŽ„๐Ÿชท๐Ÿซ–๐Ÿง˜๐Ÿผโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿซถ๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพโ˜ฎ๏ธ๐Ÿณย  โ˜ช๏ธ ๐Ÿ•ฏ๐Ÿชงโœ๏ธ โ˜ธ๏ธ ๐Ÿ•‰ ๐Ÿ•Š; to name just a few but now I feel it is time to recognise the ๐Ÿšœ tractor as a part of this esteemed line up.

This symbol of farming and ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿฝโ€๐ŸŒพ farmers used to represent; Produce, hard work, ๐ŸŽ fruits of the land, the core of many a nationโ€™s ๐Ÿฑ food source and heritage of human horticultural progress. From ๐Ÿ‚ Ox and Plough to ๐Ÿšœ tractors and combine harvesters.ย  This farming innovation has quite literally driven its self, and us, into the modern age of food security and countryside identity.

Now sadly war has returned to Europe, with the ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Russian invasion of ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Ukraine , Europe is forced to directly acknowledge the failings of peace in the 21st century across the world.ย  Now is not the time to end conflict in ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บ Europe. Now is the time to end conflict across the ๐Ÿ—บ world. As we have seen so many times, we need to rally around a new cultural relevance of ๐Ÿ•Š peace, a new symbol for our age. Enter the ๐Ÿšœ tractor.

As we have seen the humble tractor, that symbol of farming and ๐Ÿฅ˜ food, brings us memories of golden days in the countryside, of hard working ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐ŸŒพ farmers ploughing their fields, growing and woking for good ๐Ÿฒ food in the future. Now in our news, again and again we see it as a symbol of peaceful defiance. Across our ๐Ÿ“ฐ news and social media we see the brave ๐Ÿง‘๐Ÿปโ€๐ŸŒพ farmers of ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Ukraine dragging tanks away. The modern โ€˜David and Goliathโ€™ story. The mighty engine of war, a symbol for oppression and conflictโ€ฆ reduced to a mere trailer by a humble farming vehicle. This brings two key things: A touch of light ๐ŸŽญ comedy at the expense of not just the invading army but at all military might globally. Secondly it brings a hopeful pride of peaceful defiance.

This combination of ๐ŸŽญ comedy, โœŒ๐Ÿผ peace and defiance brings, the rest of us, those removed from conflicts, the chance to show solidarity and celebrate the hope of โ˜ฎ๏ธ peace.ย  Weโ€™ve seen this on social media with endless memes and illustrations of tractors overcoming oppression, and thought the world we have seen this in wonderful displays of solidarity through creative expression.

๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿพโ€๐ŸŒพ Farmers in the ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช German town of Herford, North Rhine-Westphalia, created a โ˜ฎ๏ธ peace sign of over 120 meters in size by lining up and illuminating their tractors. This was also duplicated by ๐Ÿง‘๐Ÿปโ€๐ŸŒพ farmers in Hubbard, Iowa, ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ USA who also gathered to arrange their tractors into the peace symbol to show solidarity with the people of๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆย  Ukraine.ย  What wonderful expressions of peace and hope in the future of humanity. Farmers across ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง UK, ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Australia, ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ New Zealand and across ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บ Europe have raised ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Ukrainian flags or added a supporting sticker to their ๐Ÿšœ tractor.

We now have an opportunity to celebrate both the work of the ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Ukrainian ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿฝโ€๐ŸŒพ farmers and the ushering of a new symbol of ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ peace which has relevance to our times. Lets ๐ŸŽ‰celebrate what helps to feed us, what represents the hard work we put in now, which pays off in future harvests, that both farming and peace-work truly are.

Thank you farmers of ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Ukraine for showing us this bravery and for reminding us that symbols of ๐Ÿ––๐Ÿฝ peace can be found in every corner of our world.

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