876e36d9-3c32-4314-b945-9b37324947a6By Robert Robinson

Have you ever heard a person state – “That’s like comparing apples and oranges”? Perhaps there is more likeness than difference in the comparison of apples and oranges than the user of the phrase might expect.

For example, both apples and oranges belong to a larger group called fruit, and both begin as a tiny seed and when coupled with the right fertilization conception begins.

When planted into the ground neither is seen for a time during the gestation period. Eventually a sapling emerges above ground and a small tree begins in its development. If cared for and given the proper nourishment the trees begin to grow until they are several feet above ground.

With proper pruning, food and water, and time, the trees begin to blossom and soon bear fruit of their own. Each is similar in shape and each has seed within to grow even more as these seeds are planted so that their offspring can grow and develop.

It is said that one seed upon becoming a tree produces up to 100 apples and if a seed from 100 apples is planted and grows to maturity an orchard or community has come into being. Both apples and oranges are full of vitamins and nutrients and are very good for us. Both have splendid color and are found in homes all over the world. Both have skin and when peeled away you find the goodness within.

Both are weighed by the pound or measured by the peck or bushel. If one is found to be rotten it is removed from the others and the rest are saved, if it is not removed, the sum of the whole is ruined and lost to all.

You can alter both and make them into refreshing drinks, pies or be consumed whole. Yes, I think even more comparisons could be made to exhibit that apple and oranges are more alike than different which brings me, to me and you, regardless of Race –  as the seed are planted ….. I think you get the idea.

“For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit, for each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thornbushes, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush. The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

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