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Take a look at the picture in the video of the Bolivian congress. Does something look amiss?
Look closely and you'll see the numbers on the clock are reversed...on purpose. You see, modern day clocks reflect the way that a sundial's shadow travels in the northern hemisphere. This clock was reversed to reflect Bolivia's position in the southern hemisphere. The foreign minister said that this "clock of the south" was installed so that Bolivians would embrace creativity and question the status quo.
A symbolic change like this isn't unique to Bolivia of course. Venezuela's Hugo Chavez changed his country's 200 year old flag by adding an 8th star in tribute to Simon Bolivar. He changed the direction the horse in the coat of arms faces from right to left, declaring that the horse had been "freed." (Critics at the time pointed out it was costly to "free" the horse from passports, currency and other government documents.) In Africa, Malawi's former president changed the flag's rising sun to a sun that had fully risen. He wanted the flag to imply Malawi wasn't developing, it had developed.
These may be clear symbols, but what doesn’t seem clear to these leaders – you can change a horse's direction, a sun's position, a date on the calendar or even what clockwise means – but your country's successes will still be based on the substance of your policies, not the style of your symbols.