At the time we asked:
Did it come loose? Had it become wonky, forcing the municipality to remove it for repair?
Or was it vandalized? Did some angry guy come along and bang it off? Was this a political act? Will we see more of this in the future?
Well, it has happened again and there's no doubt this time it was an act of vandalism, albeit not likely for political reasons. As the second shot makes clear, it's more of the "carve a heart on a tree" kind of vandalism than anything else.
This monument's in constant evolution. In February 2010 the city covered up the mosaic on the floor of the basin into which the water from the "Temple of Supreme Wisdom" flows. This mosaic map of the world was probably leaking and causing damage to the surrounding earth; several paving stones have in fact sunk and/or otherwise become unaligned.
Anyway, this kind of thing isn't unique. I titled my brief post on the Georgia Guidestones "God is stronger than the NWO" after some graffiti left on that cryptic monument which has come under repeated attack.
Anyway, I'm sure I could go on to a survey of political vandalism, history is rife with it: Pharoahs and Ceasars effacing names from monuments, Spanish Republicans decapitating statues of saints, etc. but to be honest, I'm a bit too lazy.
Personally, I find tagging to be an annoying form of semi-permanent territorial pissing and have little tolerance for it. Then again, back when I was a college student we used to impress people by taking them to the town cemetery to see the enormous headstone of one Roy L. Cook (Royal Cook!), which features the initials KKK and a tilted cross, in flames. That stone bore the marks of repeated abuse from various liquids and food items and I myself pissed on it more than once. Googling it, I find Cook appears in a book entitled (Haunted Deland : the ghosts of West Volusia County).
So, I understand the urge to desecrate that which one doesn't particularly appreciate. On a related note: in Gainesville, not far from that burning cross in Deland, that pastor dude went ahead and burned a Koran, something he'd threatened to do last year among much media hand-wringing. Riots have erupted in Afghanistan and at least 16 people have been killed; seven of these were UN relief workers who were shot after rioters stormed their compound. Which of course helps said pastor make his point.
But anyway, I don't have any particular point with this last paragraph. It seems relevant though.
Now I can spend the night wondering whether or not an open display of KKK pride justifies pissing on someone's grave....please tell me yes, dear readers!