The Scarecrow had all the brains that the rest of us always possess all the time; the only thing that he didn't have was the piece of paper with the word "DIPLOMA" written over it. So when the Wizard of Oz confers upon him the piece of paper, the Scarecrow becomes Dr. Scarecrow, Th.D., short for "Doctorate in Thinkology". The timid Lion had all the courage that ordinary folks have; the only thing that he didn't have was a piece of ornately carved alloy that goes by the name of "medal". So when the Wizard of Oz awards the Lion the Triple Cross - for bravery and valor displayed by him against the wicked witches -, the Lion restores his roar. The Tin Man suffered from the sorrow of not possessing a heart in his bosom. So when the Wizard of Oz presents him with a heart-shaped clock as "a token of society's esteem and affection", the Tin Man discovers that his hollow bosom was not hollow after all. The punch-line that the Tin Man returns with is that "... a heart is not judged by how much you love, but how much you are loved by others." You see, all these creatures carried great virtues in them already. But they never knew.
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