Business integration and the five-sided star

Pondering how America could have a fully functional integrated business system, awakening this morning I had an insight, which I will describe here; understandably, I hope.

Remembering something called "Chinese Checkers" of my youth, which was a square flat board with a five-sided star painted on it, and along those lines there were rounded holes bored evenly spaced including one at each apex and line intersection. The rounded holes were an exact fit for the marbles that were used to play the game. There was a low edge around the outside of the board to retain the marbles if randomly rolled around. There were an equal number of marbles and holes, so one could tilt and roll the board a bit rolling the marbles around and eventually getting all the marbles to have landed in an empty hole, making the pattern complete.

Two insights about this: one is that it could be an analogy for the random business setup of America to get all the needs filled.

The second is that the five-sided star was a familiar thing when I was a youth and the nation was vigorous; even American warplanes had the five-sided star painted on them as part of their symbol, the star had a circle around it and a pair of rectangular bars horizontally to each side, too. One would doodle on paper, drawing the five-sided star. The five-sided star was and still is found on the American flag in the blue and white field, one star for each state of the union. The five-sided star seems to have fallen out of favor, possibly since the Chinese (who we fought for their freedom in WWII, note) adopted a filled in five-sided red colored star as their warplane symbol, if I remember correctly, used in battles against us in Korea, I think.

Symbolism can be a strong influence, identifying something such as a logo or a company. In WWII, our American warplanes had the five-sided star painted on them as part of their symbol; the five sided star has been a symbol for life and prosperity, I think. In contrast, the Nazi Swastica symbol used on German warplanes fighting against us, a kind of black colored four-sided right-angle armed pinwheel, had the curious property of symbolizing life's vigor if the pinwheel direction were painted in one direction, but had the opposite meaning when the pinwheel was painted in the opposite direction, thus when painted on a vehicle, the rectangular pinwheel symbolized life's vigor to the inside of the plane where the pilots were, but those seeing the symbol from the outside of the plane saw the pinwheel direction symbolizing the opposite of life's vigor, thus a powerful symbol for a predator; the symbol was created by the American Indians, if I recall correctly. The five-sided star, in contrast, symbolizes desirable properties the same as seen from either front or back, the same, good stuff for all. Could it be that we need to have this five-sided star in the American awareness now much more prominently than the tiny 50 stars on the American flag? Note also how that adopted red star on the Chinese vehicles is now associated with quite a vigorously thriving nation. Examples of the American symbol can be seen on my float decorating photos at and which was an activity that perhaps contributes to my thinking of this post.

A further thought about the five-sided star is that, with one apex pointed upward, it symbolized the arms legs and head of an active balanced human being, all integrated together. Maybe this symbolic reminder would be helpful if seen in American daily life nowadays, too. And, as in the random marbles on the Chinese Checkers board, things would be able to start falling into place again.

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