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what is the olive tree a sign of?
is it hope? as in the noah/dove/olive tree story?
Or something like that
And freedom from dilated cardial myopathy.
It's a symbol of gullibility. As if you were really going to spend 40 days afloat on a never-ending sea on a giant floating zoo, being forbidden from eating any of the occupants and with most of your crew drifting about in a listless daze from the raging hunger and ammonia fumes, all the while trying to reconcile in your head the discrepancy between doing what the Almighty has bid you do and the logical and physical impossibilty of doing so - when lo and behold, some flying rat drops by with an olive branch.
Who in their right mind is going to think "YAY! AN OLIVE! I guess everything's going to be OKAY!"
...and don't call me Shirley.