An old physician, retired after over 51 years of practice, has little to do while locked down during this pandemic. Late one night while ruminating all alone (thinking deeply about something as opposed to "chewing the cud"), I arrived at a solution for the Mississippi state flag controversy.
It especially applies to those so deeply offended by any symbol so far projected as a replacement for the symbolism of the "old flag." It cannot possibly offend anyone's delicate sensibilities regarding such, except those who demand that it be a beautiful work of art, or a masterpiece of design. It is not a beautiful banner!
However, this flaw is more than accounted for because it can represent anything at all that a flag observer wishes it to be. No controversy here!
As you gaze upon its beautiful broad red, white and blue stripes you will see in the center a Rorschach ink blot which is a venerable psychological test that measures thought disorder in order to identify mental illness.
One simply imagines the ink blot to be anything one desires the flag to represent. Just a thought for those who think the appearance of the flag is so personally meaningful.
Don Hopkins MD, lived on the Northside from 1954-1964. He was graduated from Murrah, Millsaps and UMMC School of Medicine where he did his surgical residency. He currently lives in Gulfport and has a vacation house on Lake Caroline at Madison.