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The Apple (Malus domestica)

With its fervent reds and golden hues, the apple is a deity among its juicy peers. It is chock-full of nutrients and tastes delicious – its crunch is more satisfying than the crispiest potato chip. Yet, there is no reason to limit the apple to the realm of taste. Rather, the apple can be applied to three vital aspects of American society: education, progression, and hope.

The most important revelation of modern science was not brought to us by a pear or a pineapple, nor was it delivered by a coconut. No, it was an apple that fell onto Newton, and with it a wealth of knowledge that would shape the course of physics for centuries. For those who follow the Christian faith, the apple can be seen, for better or for worse, as the giver of knowledge. It is also the classic gift for a teacher. For centuries, the apple has been an unwavering advocate of education and intelligence.

America prides itself on its progressive nature. The apple would pride itself on its adaptability as well. Apples, while possessing inherent and piquant virtues, can be transformed into delicious variations. Whether making donuts, pies, or cider, apples are the foundation for a plethora of culinary dishes.

John Chapman, also known as Johnny Appleseed, introduced thousands of apple trees across the Ohio River Valley over the 18th and 19th centuries. He became a symbol of benevolence and generosity to the American people during a time when hatred and violence engrossed the nation. He recognized the symbolic properties of the apple, and brought their goodness, if I may, to fruition. The apple remained a beacon of light during one of America’s darkest hours, and prevailed along with our beloved country.

The apple is a hallmark of our culture. It keeps families close through apple picking while keeping them alive and well. So hey, why not grab and apple, it could be the best thing you do today.