That's a nice story, Glowing_Fish. I'd not heard the CND symbol referred to as the peace symbol before. Perhaps &CND; would be a less morally prescriptive HTML code for it?

Other peace symbols:

  • A black hand shaking a white hand - common in race relations projects and arenas.
  • A dove. Deriving from the presence of a dove in the biblical stories of the Flood and of the Baptism of Jesus. Not as exclusively Christian as its origins would suggest.
  • An olive branch. Again there is an allusion to the Flood mythos, but olive branches also had ceremonial usage in Classical Greece.

And whose national consciousness do you mean, by the way? Strange as it might seem, America is not the arbiter of world symbolism and imagery.