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"The Song of Songs" concerns the psychological aftereffects of adoption. If you know of anyone that has been adopted, you may wish to think about whether the story supports arguments for telling or not telling an adopted child about the adoption with someone you think or know is adopted. This story is very rewarding and can open up the options in our own lives. To what degree are people entitled to know the entire truth about their parentage? To adapt Gray’s comments in his "Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College," if ignorance is bliss, is it folly to be wise? If a person knows that he or she has been adopted, but does not know the identity of the original parents, will this uncertainty be psychologically destructive?
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