From the tiniest atom to the biggest galaxies of the universe, everything is subdued to the rules of symmetry. The leaves on the trees, the plumes of a peacock, the fruits we eat, and even our bodies respond to the same order. But this isn’t only a matter of nature’s stubbornness. It’s also what makes life an esthetic and beautiful experience. Think of the amazing things surrounding us and how their unique and intricate symmetrical patterns have inspired human beings to recreate that given beauty.
Art follows that complex scheme. Religions base their iconography on it and it’s easy to see why. How can something so perfectly crafted by a human compare to the greatness of nature? There must be a divine intervention behind this vastness.
Hinduism and Buddhism created mandalas, a representation of the micro and macro cosmos portrayed in intricate symmetric circles. Each line or element represents an aspect of life and our connection with the universe. They also work as meditation guidelines, a diagram to help us find our place within the vastness of the world. They’re the earth, the moon, the sun, the stars in a broad and general way. But they also appeal to our conceptual understanding of life. They’re life, our family, our community, ourselves. All in all, these are the perfection of the world, and as such, they've become enticing and alluring.
Mandalas are not the only symbols that represent this link between life and the universe. For millennia, societies have tried to imitate or even exceed that perfection around them. Think of the ornamentation of ancient cultures, their architecture, their beliefs, everything is connected to the complex yet attainable laws of nature’s geometry and symmetry.
Perhaps humanity will never be able to surpass these intricate mechanisms. But, if you think about it, after looking at all we’ve created throughout the years, that eagerness to recreate perfection sometimes stops us from realizing that even in nature there’s imperfection, and this is probably what makes it even more interesting and fascinating.
Yes, perfection can be extraordinary. But an object or a creature’s quirks and flaws are what makes them unique. And if you ask me, that’s even more desirable. Who doesn’t want to be unique and special? But this raises a question: is there imperfection in symmetry? Theoretically, there isn’t, as it is a reflection of the same object multiplied x times. But what about us?
We follow the rules of symmetry. We have a pair of eyes, arms, legs, even those features that are one-of-a-kind like our lips and nose respond to that logic, but at the same time they’re not really the same. And just like us, nature manages to become capricious, rebelling against its own norms. So, at the end of the day, what really makes nature so impressive is its perfectly flawed essence.
As you’ve seen, these tattoos respond either to a geometrical quality, based on the sacred meanings of symmetry, or make use of our own duality to create complementary designs. Interlocking tattoos might be big and notorious, but they make you look as a complex and intricate canvas that resembles the intertwined essence of nature. Would you get one of these?
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