No... not too much information at all!!! I understood everything you wrote though tying it all together was a little difficult for me. Most of it is new information to me.
What a great little lesson you wrote. I don't even know where to begin asking questions!!!
It's funny... we do indeed see symbols everyday, but they're so commonplace that we don't think to question it any more than we question why grass is green or the sky blue. I wish I were more observant... it often takes someone else to point something out before I notice it. Back in my late teens, I only noticed the eye in the triangle on the backside of the dollar bill because someone pointed it out to me.
It's like what you said... "Hidden in plain site."
I'm going to have to re-read your post again tomorrow when I'm a bit more alert and don't have my husband asking if I'm almost done.