Monday, March 30, 2009
Gratitude: The Genius of Plants
Touch this plant and you'll get a wicked, itchy rash. It's poison oak, and around here it's just wakening from its winter sleep. I can't help but see its shiny red beauty.
Plants are amazing chemists. From soil, water, sunlight, and air they manufacture compounds that all the rest of life depends upon. Most of these compounds are useful to us in some way or another, either as food, medicine, or materials for clothing or shelter. How do plants know how to do these things? Their intelligence amazes me.
Kindergarten kids will tell me, we humans don't need plants; we can survive on animals. I guess they see us eating nothing but meat and cheese, wearing nothing but leather and fur, and living in leather wigwams. They forget that animals need to plants to eat and breathe. No plants, no animals.