Many have read or heard of Albert Schweitzer’s concept of Reverence for Life. We hear much about “creatures” when we speak of life. Yet noticeably missing or perhaps drowned out by animal rights advocates, etc. is a respect for plants.
Because they aren’t “creatures” society may forget their vital role in all life. We only expound on plants in a version of beauty. . .
Maybe we could say, “Let’s hear it for weeds!” or “Yea for plant rights!” Their oxygen from wild growth is no less pure than that from landscaping. It is a good time to envision plants as important for more than adornment of our lives. Nature’s beauty is marvelous to behold, and we can surely drink of it regularly to our benefit.
Yet plants are far more than decorations, objects for poetry, or just landscaping. They are the poetry of life right up there along with animals. Their tender and tough tendrils literally support life – though it be a thankless task.
Why do so many love animals while ignoring plants though there’d be no cuddly creatures around without plants. Could we be in need of a transplant so we can see across the scope of our life’s landscape more clearly, delineating what is truly important.
We can domesticate plants. But far more relevant would be for them to domesticate us. Our environmental emphasis would be more aptly placed with this clearer sight toward life and the future.
A good beginning would be to make more plant toys, perhaps even including leaves or other evidence of plants along with stuffed animals. This might help close the gap of disconnect both children and adults now have about the cycle of life necessary for animals and, yes, people, to thrive.
Schools and homes would benefit from more involvement with plants. Even growing plants in a window or yard may help in connecting people back to the earth. In today’s economy, there can be an advantage to growing food plants like tomatoes, peppers, lettuce and herbs, as it can save dollars at the store while involving the whole family in eating fresh and healthy food.
Take some time today to let yourself gaze at a plant. Time will stand still, and you can become one with life as you breath and appreciate the freshly produced air and find gratefulness for the role of plants in your life.
It could be called The Ballad of All Revere. Let us revere all of life–the earth, people, animals, and let us not forget the plants!