By David Ferriday (1934–2022)
Vexilloid Tabloid #31, December 2011
There are thousands of flags representing many different group of people around the world. The United Nations flag and the Olympic flag are the most inclusive. But there is, I believe, a need for a flag that represents each and everyone of us, as a member of the human species, and so I have designed a flag with that in mind.
People are divided by race, religion, nationality, and many other factors large or small. Recent developments in science, and concerns for the ecological stability of our planet, have brought some people together and pushed others apart. We need to be reminded of your common humanity and our home.
Flags appear regularly in the news as emblems of our various interests and alliances, and are surely a very important means of communication and representation. This is one reason why I have chosen to express my feelings and my understanding of some of this extremely complex set of factors with a flag.
The specific design is representative of earth, air, fire, and water (elements found in many historic, religious, and early scientific contexts), as well as the sun—the ultimate source of power for our world.
The colors express these: earth – black, air – white, fire – red, water – blue, and the sun – yellow.
The particular graphic way in which I have brought these together in the form of a flag is simply my own sense of design.