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re: historical and doctrinal

Oct 20, 1995 11:59 PM
by John R Crocker

Why hold that the branches and leaves of an oak tree are somehow wrong or
in error simply because they no longer resemble the acorn? To one fixated
on the seed, germination must look dangerous, sprouting must seem an
error: The growth of the plant is the dissipation of the seed. And the
only way to make sure the integrity of the seed is not damaged is to keep
it dormant - to make sure it doesn't sprout - to freeze it into its
"original" form. But once sprouted, no voice, no matter how domineering,
will be able to stop the vast diversity of cells, profusion of leaves,
and beautiful flowers, from each claiming they are as fully an aspect of
the plant as any others are.


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