Before reading this article you should have read this and watched this:
The article I linked is rather old and I read it some time ago. The video is rather new, I recently watched it and it really impressed me. I had to think about this whole topic for the whole day yesterday and I noticed something, which I want to share with you here.
I would like to begin with something that has not really much to do with the topic of the intelligence of plants (at least at the first sight): Humans seem to be scared, when they are alone in darkness, some people more, some people less. There are people, who have an abnormal strong fear of the dark and a large part of little children are really scared when they are alone in the dark. However there are also people who are not really scared by it, but even they have often a strange feeling when they are alone in the dark and would prefer light; they have no fear, but still reluctance of the dark. We generelly perceive darkness as bad/evil/negative and light as good/positive. But why is this so?
I am sure, that most of you think, you can easily answer this question. The answer is of course, because we cannot see anything at all and in nature the chance of being attacked by something is far higher in darkness than in light, because we would not see our attacker. This is what most people would immediately answer (and what I would have immediately answered until two days ago). However I do not think so (anymore). Ask yourself one question: If this was the reason why we fear the dark, wouldn’t we then also fear silence? If you cannot hear anything, you also cannot hear someone/something behind you, that wants to attack you, so silence should be as frightening as darkness to us. But it isn’t. Many people even enjoy and seek silence. You could still argue, that silence is not the same as darkness, because in silence we just DON’T hear anything, because there is nothing to hear, but we still could hear something if there was something there and in darkness we CAN’T see anything even if there was something present. This is a strong argument, but ask yourself another question: Wouldn’t we then have fear or at least a strange feeling when we dive in water or reluctance of it? Diving in water is more compareable to darkness, than silence is, in this situation you would not hear something, even if it was right behind you. Does diving feel strange or does it wake fear or do we generally dislike it? No. So the real reason for fearing/disliking darkness has to be something else.
Now, let’s return to the above mentioned topic about plants being intelligent and (very!) important to humans. What do plants basically need to live? CO2, water, soil, and … LIGHT! Light is to plants what is food to humans and our food are the fruits of plants. So without light, plants will starve and without plants we will starve. So our fear or reluctance of darkness and our fondness of light might basically be nothing else than an ancient instinct, that shows us where we belong: to nature, to the plants, into the forest. The four elements of the ancient world were fire (light), water (water), earth (soil) and air (CO2), the things plants need to live and the four main deities of ancient europe represented them: Sun (fire), Moon (water), Sky (air) and Earth (earth). Ancient scandinavians often described humans with kennings such as “tree”. In norse mythology there is a world tree and the god of the forest, Vidarr, is desribed as the second strongest of all the other gods, only Thor, the thunder god, being stronger than him. At the battle of Ragnarök (an catastrophe-like event, that will kill many, but will result in a new and better world), he (the forest) will revenge the death of his father Odin (the death of the spirit of mankind) and kill the Fenriswolf (the great ettin, which is threatening the gods, threatening nature – our modern age of technology) without any weapon (without modern technology) only unsing his own foot (Viruses?).
May the forest as soon as possible dethrone the modern (subhu-)man and reclaim his rightfull reign!
HailaR WîdanaR! HailaR BalðuR!