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Grant of Arms and Badge
May 20, 2022
Vol. VIII, p. 92
Arms of David Alan Scharf
Or on a pile Vert cotised wavy Azure an African elephant ambulant affronty Or;
Green and gold are the colours of the flag of Saskatchewan, Mr. Scharf’s home province. The elephant is inspired by a Congolese saying about perseverance that he cherishes: “Carry your burdens with the strength and will of an elephant.” The triangle with wavy blue lines alludes to the prow of a ship pressing through the sea, representing his years in the Royal Canadian Navy and thus serving as a reminder of the importance of public service.
A Necker cube Or balanced on a Penrose triangle Azure, Vert and Or;
The Necker cube and the Penrose triangle reflect Mr. Scharf’s life-long interest in philosophy, particularly epistemology, ethics, and skepticism. The optical illusion reminds the viewer that the truth is not always apparent, and one ought to reflect upon the evidence and challenge one’s intrinsic biases before reaching a conclusion.
This Latin phrase, meaning “Laugh often,” is inspired by Mr. Scharf’s life motto: “Learn, laugh, love, cry, and dream. Care deeply. Don’t hate. Mostly, though, laugh. Share the passion of life’s grand adventure.”
Original concept of Alix Chartrand, Saguenay Herald, assisted by the heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority.