Discerning the Violet
I went on a wild edibles hike, with the terrifically funny and extremely knowledgeable Steve Brill.
"You can eat blue violets and white violets," he said. "Stay away from yellow violets. They can make you sick. If the flowers aren't up yet, you can tell the difference by the leaf. The yellow violet leaf isn't quite as heart-shaped."
And so it went with a lot of other wild edibles. This plant is good, but watch out for its look-alike, which will make you sick (or worse, kill you).
It occurred to me that temptation is like this. It presents itself as a look-alike to what is good. If we take a moment to discern, though, we find that it is less heart-shaped than the real thing.
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Blue Violets photo by L.L. Barkat.
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