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Seeing Red


To Europeans the color red symbolizes blood and rage—and therefore danger.
In Asia red denotes joy and happiness. It is the garment of brides.
In the Taoist dialectic of Yin and Yang, the former is black and female, the latter is bright red and male.
These two colors (yes, they both are colors) complement each other and are meant to induce harmony.

You might find this strange; but life in America is stranger yet.
Here you don’t want to be Red or Black.
They’ll shoot you.