Hello lovely people! Sorry if this isn't exactly Research, but I've been beating my head against it for several days and need to at least vent. I suspect the best advice is, "Write around it and come back later." Also, apologies that this thread is so specific it's unlikely to be of use to anyone else. Anyway... I need a symbol by which the concept of society/civilisation/civics/fellowship/cooperation/interdependence/teamwork/etc could be represented pictorially in-universe (i.e. I'd be writing about a depiction of this symbol). It need not be something that screams 'Society!' in any context, but should have an obvious link if 'society' is currently in mind. My main criteria are: - Able to illustrate with a fairly simple picture (think heraldry, although nothing like a full coat-of-arms) - Link to the concept is intuitive to the reader, or grounded in common knowledge (e.g. astrological symbols would not be appropriate, because they'd be unfamiliar to many) - Should have a predominantly positive connotation - Ideally something with few other symbolic implications (potentially less important) - Ideally not cliche (less important) or strongly associated with an existing organisation I usually have no trouble imagining my own symbols/metaphors, but this one's proving tricky (possibly indicative of how antisocial/uncivilised I am). Searching online, I mostly get links to vague interpretations of literature, and I've already plumbed 2 books on symbolism and 1 on heraldry to no real avail. My best ideas so far are (in rough order of preference): beehive, ants, handshake, rope (multifilament), chain, multi-headed animal (e.g. Cerberus), predator being friends with prey, pyramid, set of scales (a bit off-track: law/justice/equality is important to society, but not really representative of the whole)... perhaps there is a symbiotic relationship that can be simply depicted, but I can't think of it... If anyone would be so kind as to do any of the following, I'd really appreciate it : - Suggest any good symbology resources or other approaches I could take - Offer your own ideas that fit the bill - Comment on my current ideas (underlined above), as I may need to settle for one of them - Confirm my suspicion that I should do my own damn work Sorry for the long post, just trying to sufficiently explain. I realise I could cleverly exposit about pretty much any symbol's relevance, but I'm hoping not to have to. All replies gratefully received!