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The symbolism of the Oreo

I recently heard a friend relating a conversation he’d had about which was better, the cookie part of the Oreo or the filling?
I thought about it, and about how each part is less than it could be without the other. The Oreo as a whole is greater than the sum of the parts. Then I suddenly realized that the Oreo can be seen as a symbol for the ideal relationship between a man and a woman. Bear with me here.

The hard cookie exterior is the man, protecting the soft sweet filling that is the woman. Each have their own qualities that make them different, and yet those qualities complement each other. On their own they are good, but when combined they change from being just two good things to being a new wonderful whole. Separate them and they are back to just being good. Like the cookie and filling, man and woman complete each other.