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I'm NOT from the south but I have a point to make.

Posted by finelinebob on August 31, 2006, at 23:33:02

In reply to Re: I'm from the south and I have a point to make., posted by Declan on August 31, 2006, at 14:37:46

It is said in the introduction to "The Quaker Reader", edited by Jessamyn West:

"When William Penn asked [George] Fox what to do about the sword which he was accustomed, as a well-dressed seventeenth-century gentleman, to wear at his side, Fox reputedly replied, "Wear it as long as thee can." By which Fox meant: It is not the exterior trapping but the interior state which matters. Until you become a person who **cannot** contemplate the acts for which a sword was designed, and hence abhor the sword, swordlessness for you is an imitative and even lying state. It disguises the fact that you still have a sword in the heart."

Madeline, perhaps you recognize that there are much better symbols of the South that capture its true beauty and the warmth of its people than the Stars and Bars.

... just a conjecture.




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