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Join Date: 26 Aug 2002
Location: Deep East Texas
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The dove is not only the symbol for peace. It is also Aphrodite's bird, the symbol of love: the heart, in other words. Our heart, perhaps, which justifies the image in the Maat which might otherwise be considered somewhat extravagant.

I don't know what all has died in us, collectively. One thing I lost was the unexamined assumption that a sort of easy-going ecumenism was solving the religious conflict issues. Dove-like meetings of the mind, I guess is what I thought. I forgot what happens when the heart is totally engaged in a larger conflict. I forgot what swords actually do.

What will replace the dove? So far it's been eagles. They don't need hearts; they go for lights and livers.
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