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"If a man feels that his heart is like a dark sea of pain then he should sail his vessel no further. If he cannot bear to ride the forces of the severest storms than he has no place to see what resides in the blackest ocean. If he has no stomach for a truth that unsettles the churning waters than he might have no space in his mind on how to navigate with what his discovery answered. Iron men brave enough to measure fathoms deep into the darkest spaces will find a source of power that will shatter other energies. Wooden ships strong enough to ride the inner spaces may buckle and even break but they cannot be destroyed into oblivion for as long the captain is alive there is a glimmer of hope. This is true-everyday men live and die alone. A man who believes his end is nigh isn't necessarily wrong to believe so. Every man who refuses to accept the end is nigh by sailing through troublesome seas can sometimes find himself in calmer oceans but to do so he must have a certain disdain for dying. Sailing to glory takes a lot of searching to find life beyond the abyss. A sailor must keep his mind open to seeing the fires across the waters, the burning light that guides tough men, while he guides the prow of his ship. There are good, secret things somewhere in his world but he must endure long enough, he must let go of what he thinks he knows, and be open for once to embracing unexplained phenomena and admit deeply in fact that he truly knows nothing."~Michael Kurcina
Seafaring men had respect for the oceans and humility. This design symbolizes much more than that. Old salts knew there was many unknowns to be seen on their journeys. Don't go through life believing that you are done. Be open to living and learning. Be courageous, hopeful and most importantly be honest with what you find.
Don't think you've seen it ALL from the crow's nest. Just when you believe that you'll never see a horizon might be the moment it appears! DO NOT give up hope!
The octopus symbolizes intelligence, creativity, flexibility and unpredictability. Here are some other symbols:
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Here is art about life, death, God, virtue and honor. Take action. Live deliberately. Live vitally. The Saint Factory is for those who want to make a difference in this world. Here we honor heroes.