||[Sep. 18th, 2011|09:35 pm]
I feel a little bad for replying to the following facebook post:|
is bad news for orchids, as a trusting friend will discover on return from holiday tomorrow. Come on, orchids, *please* wake up. *Please* stop being that awful brown colour... :'(
In this parable, the orchids represent life in the mortal realm (recalling, of course Psalm 103, "the wind passeth over it, and it is gone.") The 'return from holiday' is a traditional figure for departure from the temporal world, and should thusly be considered to indicate the end of life, and the necessity to face the creator in judgement. Again, here, the metaphor of the orchid comes in to play as, although the flowers appear beautiful while "on holiday" from one's eternal place, they are revealed to be, like a whited sepulcher, an improper object of love. In summation, this parable may be considered well within the bounds of traditional Augustinian thought, and a conventional warning against misdirecting one's affections towards secondary goods.