Strength and Fragility
The emblem of my country is the maple leaf. It’s not very impressive if you compare it to the eagle of the USA or the lion of England. If you know maple trees, though, you’ll know this is a paradoxical symbol that is a poetic way to look at Canada.
The leaf is fragile. It is easily detached from the tree. In Autumn, it dies. In Spring, it grows all over again. It is beautiful.
The maple tree, however, is not fragile. It is a hard wood. It burns slowly and hotly. It grows all over the world and lives a very long time.
If you extend these meanings to Canada, I guess you could say that we Canadians are fragile and beautiful but what holds us together makes us strong and enduring. Not too bad, as far as national symbols go.