The image you see above is evidently a cabalistic (or qabalistic) symbol of the infinite. It contains within itself all the lines and curves necessary to represent the numbers 1 through 10, as is clearly visible by the added indicators in black. In Hermetic Qabalistic tradition the numbers themselves are representations of the 10 planes of reality, emanations arising from the Ain Suph (or infinite), which are collectively called the Sephiroth. These, as commonly depicted in the Tree of Life are called: Kether (1), Chokhmah (2), Binah (3), Daath, Chesed (4), Geburah (5), Tiphareth (6), Netzach (7), Hod (8), Yesod (9), Malkuth (10), and are each considered to be an emanation of the divine energy (or “divine light’) which ever flows from the unmanifest into manifestation.
Perhaps it is simply that I am uninitiated into the great mysteries, or that I am a disbelieving spiritually bereft heathen, but the “divine” use I immediately imagined for this symbol was something altogether different…
Makes a rather handsome digital clock display does it not?
Would work nicely in elevators as well I’d imagine.
Now, I understand that some of my readers may in fact be initiates into the deep complexities of these ancient and esoteric arts (perhaps some tenth-level clerics or pop singers lurk among us!) and in as much I wish to be as sensitive to their beliefs as I can manage. I certainly do not wish to offend! Live and let live (especially when dealing with wizards and mages and knowers of the unknowable). Be that as it may I really do feel that this symbol, no matter its origins, could be of real practical use to the digital display world…
So I offer this alternate design by way of sensitive compromise.
Sure, the buttons don’t do anything and the manual is written in an abstruce hermetic language (backwards most likely, in faded goat’s blood, only visible in a mercury mirror, on the solstice, by sheep’s fat candlelight) but still, it looks cool!