CW’s TV Show Arrow Comic Book Origins

Green Arrow has been a long running character in DC comics, ever since the 1940’s. It wasn’t until two decades after his debut and until 2007 his origin story was expanded upon. As with many comic book heroes his origin story has been expanded upon and revised several times.

The general background story is that Oliver Queen was a wealthy playboy and CEO of Queen Industries. He was wild, reckless and an alcoholic, living a hollow existence of luxury. Oliver Queen was orphaned at a young age when his parents were killed on a safari in Africa by lions. Oliver Queen blamed himself partly for their deaths, not wanting to use a weapon to kill the lions. After that incident he was no longer hesitant to kill animals in the future.

Oliver Queen started his training as a hero when he was marooned on an island after falling off (in some cases pushed off by his friend) where he had to survive for several months (or years depending on the source). He constructed a bow out of materials he found on the island and became an expert archer to hunt for food and survive. He also perfected many trick arrows that he would later use to fight criminals.

To get off the island, depending on the source comic, he either fought off pirates/druglords and took their boat or was found on the island by chance. The modern show “Arrow” takes a slightly different take with him being marooned on an island with mercenaries, former special forces members (such as Slade Wilson), Shado and her father.

After returning from the island and with his new found skills he put them to use to fight criminals. Despite running a billion dollar industry, Oliver Queen has always been the most left wing, anti-establishment hero of DC comics. In some origin stories he loses his company and his money due to inside corruption and finding out his company makes weapons.

Roy Harper, the sidekick with him from the beginning was an orphan as well. Having grown up on an Indian Reservation he was trained as an expert archer and hunter. When he joined up with Green Arrow he was called Speedy but later on when he went his own way would be called Red Arrow or Arsenal. Speedy eventually went his own way after dabbling in drugs and alcohol to the dismay of his mentor and partner Green Arrow.

What is Food? What Does it Represent?

Well that’s a simple question to answer, huh? I can just go consult Google and get a dictionary definition, right?

any substance that can be metabolized by an organism to give energy and build tissue

Ok, that’s great. We can even expand that definition a bit by checking in with Wikipedia:(1)

Food is any substance, usually composed primarily of carbohydrates, fats, water and/or proteins, that can be eaten or drunk by an animal for nutrition or pleasure.

Now we’re getting somewhere! Ok, maybe not. In the strictest, dictionary definition of the word, any substance that provides energy is a food. By that definition, a Twinkie is food, though I doubt few here would agree, myself included. So what is food really?

Food, to me, is one of the most important elements of truly living, and I don’t mean that simply because it’s a requirement to keep from wasting away. Frankly, I love food. I don’t mean that in the “I love to eat” sense, though I do love to eat, but it’s deeper than the mere act of eating. I genuinely love food – the aromas, the textures, the flavors, the camaraderie. In fact, while I know that not everyone is a foodie, it amazes me that people can be so blase when it comes to what they put into their bodies. What you put into your body becomes your body.

Ok, so let’s go back to camaraderie. Or socializing. Call it what you will, but it is one of the most important aspects of eating. Humans have the distinct privilege of being the only animal that doesn’t simply eat, but “dines”. Dining is more than simply stuffing food down one’s gullet and moving on. Dining is a celebration of the experience of food. “Breaking bread” with other humans has been part of the human experience since time immortal. When a tribal hunting party brings home an animal, the hunter that killed the beast (or the person supplying the arrow depending on the culture) doles out the meat. Eating becomes a festival of sharing. Today, I feed you, for tomorrow, I may need you to feed me. Think of any gathering of family or friends. I bet nearly every time you gather with others for a good time, there is food involved. The act of cooking for someone else is an act of love and respect. To receive food cooked by another shows that they have concern for your well-being.

If you doubt me, think of people’s feelings toward those that hoard their food. Or people that refuse to eat other people’s food. The feelings attached to food and to the offering of food are why I will usually sacrifice my diet when someone puts in the effort to cook for me. If I go to my mom’s and she cooks spaghetti, I eat it. I may not always want to eat it, but the social aspect is more important than the food in that situation. Rejecting something that someone put the energy into making for you is generally taken as an insult if you don’t have an allergy to said food. It is not simply a rejection of the food, it is a rejection of the person.

Unfortunately, US culture places little emphasis on food. Largely, food is for nothing more than providing fuel. Few people here revel in food in the way that the French or Italians revel in food, as something more than some combination of carbohydrates, proteins, and fat. Perhaps I should say that the emphasis we do place on food is of the wrong kind. As a culture, we hate food. It’s merely something that is required to stay alive and even then we can’t agree on what foods to eat. We’ve let corporations determine “what is food” and seem to have forgotten the most elementary task of nourishing ourselves. The problem with that is that corporations have little concern for your well-being unless it somehow positively affects their bottom lines. Why let someone feed you that doesn’t care about you as a person?

The phrase “soul food” keeps coming into my head while writing this. Those two little words say a good deal. Think about it…”soul food.” Food for your soul. It’s more than mere nourishment. While most “soul food” isn’t the most healthful fare, it shows the emphasis on dining, sharing, and community that are put into the food. It’s something given from one to another to provide more than just energy. That’s food to me. To spend an hour or more of your time to cook for another is quite an expression. It both shows and adds to the value of a relationship.

To truly experience a culture, you absolutely have to experience its food. In college, I took a Spring Break trip to Cancun, Mexico. Off the top of my head, my meals were largely eaten at Outback Steakhouse, Hard Rock Cafe, Subway, McDonald’s, and whatever other US-based chains we came across. Obviously at age 20, I wasn’t there to experience the gastronomy of the region (let’s be frank, I was there to drink tequila and party). For my honeymoon, I went to Acapulco, Mexico and actually got out and ate at some of the local restaurants, truly experiencing Mexican cuisine. Both trips were great in their own way. But from the standpoint of cultural experience, Acapulco was much better, the fact that I was in Cancun largely being irrelevant other than the drinking age and the skin color of the workers. It wasn’t solely the food, but that is a major part of it.

Some may think that I’ve just turned the act of eating into something that it’s not. But it’s only been in the past half-century or so that food has taken on the role of mere fuel. It’s only since the industrial complex started doing the cooking for us that eating has been an “on the run” affair. When we’re too busy to properly nourish our bodies, times are bad for sure. Other cultures – for instance Mexico, Italy, and Argentina – place a very major emphasis on socializing during meals. Long lunches, multiple course dinners, elaborate dishes prepared lovingly by mom for hours, all shared with immediate and extended family and friends. June Cleaver never let a show end without making sure Wally and Beaver were well-fed. Food creates a family and a community.

While we don’t all have the pleasure of eating with others, you can still give your meals the attention they deserve by eating at a table, not watching TV, not surfing the Internet, perhaps not even reading a book. I’m guilty of doing other things while eating, though I am working on that. Food is, and should be, an experience. Take the time to savor every bite that you take. Take in the smells and colors and textures. Put time and effort into your food; the time you put into preparing good food for you and your family is effort you are putting into caring for yourself and others. Ensure that you’re cooking flavorful, high quality food so that it is something to get excited about. If you can’t cook, learn. If you don’t have the time, reprioritize. Why simply eat when you can dine? So with all of that, I’ll end by saying “Respect Your Food. Respect Yourself.”

How The Vesica Pisces Explains Creation And The Arrow Of Time

Original Point of Separation from Self is Start of All Energy

The symbol of the Vesica Pisces looks like two overlapping circles and represents the formation of the Prime Radiant or very first particle resulting from the first act of creation which was the first separation from the Great Oneness. The actual nature of all reality is oneness or the one true or original Substance of all reality which we experience every day outside ourselves as space and within our selves as consciousness. From this universal space which contains all dimensions, comes all things. The first separation from our true Self resulted in an endless vibration as the oneness (now separated into “twoness”) tries to go back into itself and instead only intercepts at its original point of separation temporarily, and swings back through itself the other way like a pendulum, except more like a vibrating string or membrane as in “Membrane Theory.”

This first act of separation instantly repeats itself endlessly becoming universalized and infinitely complex, resulting in all creation as we know it — full of vast quantities of energy in all manner of forms and dimensions. All it really is, is our great One Self vibrating or expanding out from its own origin and expressing itself in all manner of ways. Energy is created by our observation of it, because consciousness separating from itself is the actual source of this universal energy. As soon as separation consciousness stops, and Oneness prevails, then all things cease to exist except in a state of perfect equilibrium, stillness or perfect order. The point of balance (equilibrium) between all states of vibration is this state of perfect stillness or potential of creation. Wherever the waves of electromagnetic radiation cancel each other out is where the one substance of all space is in greater equilibrium.

How the Vesica Pisces Explains the Arrow of Time

The Vesica Pisces is two circles overlapping one another each representing a spontaneous dimensional expansion out of its original state of the Oneness as represented by the original circle. As the observer observes (or becomes “aware” of itself through spontaneous dimensional expansion) a very significant event occurs that establishes the permanent arrow of time created by the polarity of the observer and the observed because one must always follow the other in a very definite sequence. The Observer (God) always comes first, followed by the observed (Creation), and coincidentally, the two “O’s” in the Vesica Pisces are like overlapping initials “O.O.” standing for both the Observer and the Observed.

Time therefore always goes forward in this sequence of the “oneness” followed by the “twoness” (duality of the observer and observed) creating a universal polarity of space, all logical sequences, the thermodynamic arrow of time, and the universal order of creation itself. This is why time (the universal flow of energy) never goes backward, and why time is basically asymmetric and not always symmetric, and why the whole universe is always expanding and never contracting.

The universal vibration started by the original separation from the Oneness is so intense that it causes all space to have an ever-expanding sub-atomic quantum energy texture or pattern which sustains all things in creation. Atoms could not be sustained without this quantum energy, the electrons vibrating around every atom would simply collapse into the nucleus, which in turn (being a vibration of the quantum texture of space) would dissipate into nothing. All living organisms, including the human form are sustained by this cosmic (dark) energy. Because it is so ubiquitous, ultra fine, and constant, materialistic scientists don’t fully grasp the extent to which it does and can sustain human life. Some people claim to live entirely without food and live on this universal energy instead.

Consciousness, the thermodynamic arrow of time, quantum (or zero point) energy, and what many religions term “God” “Shakti” “Prana” “Chi” “Om” the “Shabd” the “Holy Spirit” and the cosmological “dark energy” causing the vast expansion of the universe, are all various aspects or definitions of roughly the same quality. Like the overlapping circles of the Vesica Pisces, many of the above concepts and phenomena actually overlap one another as almost being, if not entirely being, one and the same phenomenon.

Whole Essence of the Universe and Root of all Sacred Geometry

God was symbolized as a circle in the earliest cultures, having no beginning or end, eternally existing, perfectly shaped and absolutely symmetrical. The creation of a second circle symbolized the start of the duality of god and goddess, male and female. When two circles intersect, the form of the Vesica Pisces is created as if the god and goddess formed a divine offspring. The Vesica Pisces design and its offshoots, the Flower of Life, Tree of Life, and fundamentals of geometry, go back thousands of years preceding nearly all of today’s major religions.

There are various meanings ascribed the Vesica Pisces, which is basically the intersection of two, overlapping spheres; such as the union of heaven and Earth in the body of Christ, the root element of the Flower of Life, the merging of God and Goddess, the vagina of the female goddess, the first pattern at the basis of all trigonometric configurations, square roots and harmonic dimensions; a source of great power and vitality, and as an overlying template that intersects with all the points on the Tree of Life. The Tree of Life, Flower of Life, and the Seed of Life overlap perfectly, with the Vesica Pisces providing all of the elements of the Flower of Life and all the coordinates for the Tree of Life.

The Vesica Pisces represents the Pythagorean “measure of the fish” or mystical conjunction of the spiritual world with the physical world and, with one end extended to look like the tail of a fish, was used as a simple “fish” symbol for the early Christian faith. The Vesica Pisces also symbolizes the miracle of the fishes. Amazingly, the Gospel of John (21:11) reveals the numerical formula, “153” found in one of the mathematical ratios (265:153 = 1.7320261…) for the Vesica Pisces: “Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land full of great fishes, an hundred and fifty and three: and for all there were so many, yet was not the net broken.”

The Vesica Pisces is one of the most important geometrical designs of archaic and modern times. The Vesica Pisces can be found on nearly every medieval church in Europe. Many of these churches were devoted to the Virgin Mary or to Mary Magdalene, in other words, the goddess. In northern France, some of the churches are located in such a way as to resemble the locations of stars in the constellation Virgo.

The Chapel of St. Mary, located In Glastonbury (also called Avalon, the island of the Goddess), England, is decorated with the Vesica Pisces. In that area, there is a “goddess’ garden” containing the Chalice Well decorated with a “Vesica Pisces” iron grid and a garden pond shaped like two overlapping circles. Many of the religions who acknowledge the importance and energy of the goddess, use the Vesica Pisces to identify her.

In geometry, the ratio of the width of the Vesica Pisces to its height is the square root of 3, or 1.7320508… Also two equilateral triangles join along the edge where straight lines are drawn connecting the centers of the two overlapping circles with each other. The square roots of three of the first digits of the Fibonacci Numbers, 2, 3, and 5, can be geometrically determined using the shape of the Vesica Pisces. The ratios 265:153 = 1.7320261… and 1351:780 = 1.7320513… are two of a series of approximations as close as one can get to the actual square root of 3, and no greater similarity in value can be obtained with smaller whole numbers.

Many crop circles have also appeared in England consisting of or containing the Vesica Pisces design in various ways. In a 1996 crop circle with the shape of the Vesica Pisces, a terrific surge of energy could be felt while walking into the center portion where the two circles overlapped.