From: "Dan'l Danehy-Oakes"
Subject: (urth) RE: Digest from firstname.lastname@example.org Date: Thu, 7 Feb 2002 08:27:47 -0800 > Hyacinth, or whatever s/he represents, blooms as a > flower. Perhaps these recombinations offer some hope for destitute humanity, > crushed under the tyranny of wicked men. It seems to me that the passage > aptly states that a definite hope for a return from doom lies in the > transformation to ever-blooming flora. Ahem. Not to be always harping on the obvious... but... Wolfe, as a committed Christian, certainly believes that the only real hope for the human race lies in a hybrid (of God and Man) and in a very real transformation of humanity - both the individual human person and the whole human race. The Catholic Church would, I believe, add that this transformation (into an eternal and "glorified" form - thus "ever- blooming" indeed) can come about only through the 'ingestion' of the body of the hybrid, which changes us to be "more conformed" to the "image" of the hybrid. And, as with Hyacinth, the true salvation or transformation comes (can come) only after the death of this physical self. Flowers in general, and roses in particular, are also a common figure for Christ (the word "ever-blooming" reminds me in particular of the old Christmas song "Lo! How a rose ever-blooming": Lo, how a rose e'er blooming From tender stem hath sprung! Of Jesse's lineage coming As men of old have sung It came, a floweret bright Amid the cold of winter When half spent was the night Isaiah 'twas foretold it The rose I have in mind With Mary we behold it The Virgin Mother kind To show God's love aright She bore to men a Saviour When half spent was the night O Saviour, Child of Mary Who felt our human woe O Saviour, King of glory Who dost our weakness know Bring us at length, we pray To the bright courts of heaven And to the endless day ) Happy Thursday. --