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Since the black rabbit of Inlé in Watership Down is the rabbit of Death, the white rabbit must be the rabbit of good luck.

Since black cat is considered bad luck in the States and the white cat bad luck in the UK, and the black cat is considered good luck by Southern US blacks, thus "rabbit, rabbit, rabbit" is as neutral as a grey cat, the ambassador of free will, who shapes his own destiny such as the grey cat and brown rabbit who live with me. But what is the moral of this story?

Dear Nicholas, But then why do you vote for White Rabbit, not Rabbit??

Dear JB,

Thank you for the reply. I voted for white rabbit as I believe a black cat brings good luck: it always has in the past.

I did not vote for "rabbit, rabbit, rabbit" as I don't think it will bring luck, good or bad, but is like the rabbits in Watership Down, making their own destinies through free will (choices and decisions). I admire the rabbits of WD but I don't think they or any rabbit brings good luck.

However, the more I think about it, "wr wr wr" may bring good luck or not, but "r r r" said as a chant is a prayer to the whole "race" or rabbits, and as a prayer answered by rabbit spirits would be more powerful than "wr wr wr" for good luck.

What I mean here is that a chant to the rabbit spirits would be more powerful for fulfilling the intention of the chant, no matter what it is, IF the rabbit spirits find your intention pleasing to THEM.

Hmmm. Could I change my vote? I just talked myself out of "wr wr wr." Now I think that if one chants "r r r" to the rabbit spirits, AND IF they find your supplication for good luck or whatever intention pleasing, they would grant it more than just an incantation to the white rabbit spirits.

Please change my vote to "rabbit rabbit rabbit."

Thanks for making me re-think my position. I still say our decisions and choices have more of an effect on our lives, but I wasn't thinking the question through theologically/ metaphysically/ spiritually based on my own experience and study.

Best regards from Nick, Anastasia the Russian Blue cat and Hayzeal the Flemish Giant buck rabbit here in Michigan USA

- Nicholas on 8/28/1999

Happy New Year to you! I forgot to say it this year -- again. Hope I remember next year. Nick in St Clair Shores, MI

El-ahrairah, your people cannot rule the world, for I will not have it so. All the world will be your enemy, Prince with a Thousand Enemies, and whenever they catch you, they will kill you. But first they must catch you, digger, listener, runner, prince with the swift warning. Be cunning and full of tricks and your people will never be destroyed. -The Blessing of El-ahrairah by Lord Frith, from "Watership Down" by Richard Adams

- Nicholas on 1/1/2001

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