ANOTHER VIEW OF PLANTS

ANOTHER VIEW OF PLANTS

 


Plants are very special life forms. Almost everyone will agree on that. But our ideas about plants and the ways we look at and interact with plants are very different

ANOTHER VIEW OF PLANTS

Those differences are very much culturally determined, they change over time, but they say little or nothing about the plants themselves. Plants themselves cannot make clear who and what they are. It is up to us to discover that and that has changed a lot, especially lately. That's what this article is about.

FOR MANY PEOPLE, PLANTS ARE 'THINGS'

They are alive – no one denies that – because they can grow, reproduce, they do all kinds of things with their environment and we can sometimes use them well, but that's about all. Most people from Western cultures still view plants the way animals were viewed a century ago. Animals were supposed to live from their instincts. The idea that a dog could think, for example, was dismissed as ridiculous. Imagine such a beast would have sense. Then he would become very human. And that was impossible. We now know better. A person is only a (mammal) animal. Of course there are gradations between humans and all kinds of animals, but we share an incredible number of traits to a greater or lesser extent. The genome(DNA) of a chimpanzee, according to some studies, is 10% larger than ours. In many ways, other animals are even much more evolved than we are. Our view of animals has changed significantly. We even grant animals a certain right to exist, a right to individuality. More and more 'Parties for the animals' are emerging worldwide. The animals have in a sense become more closely related to us. In animals we recognize more and more of ourselves. Interestingly, a similar movement is also underway with regard to plants.

SO WHAT ARE PLANTS?

Plants are certainly no less developed organisms than we are. Possibly even the opposite. Many plants have a genome that is sometimes up to ten times more complicated than our own. Compared to many plants, we are simple creatures. The fact that plants are very different from animals and that we understand animals better does not mean that plants are lesser creatures. They do have a completely different function in the phenomenon that we call life.

About 3.5 billion years ago, life appeared or arose on Earth in the form of – as is now believed – fairly undifferentiated, single-celled, living organisms. They developed in two directions: one lived directly on dissolved minerals, gases, water and energy (which became plant-like organisms) , the other on energy, gases (air) , water and the cannibalization of the former species (which became the animals) . We owe the gas composition (in particular the enrichment with oxygen) of the air to the plants, which almost all living beings (plants and animals)inhale and exhale on Earth. Plants and animals are two expressions of the same 'life' and they sustain each other. To a very great extent they can no longer live without each other. But there is one big difference: without animals there can exist plant forms, but an animal life without plants is impossible.

PLANTS AND ANIMALS THEREFORE COME FROM THE SAME BASIC FORM

This means that the starting options for both groups were the same. The basis of their properties is the same. From that basis they have only undergone a different development, completely focused on their function and functioning in the whole of life on Earth.

Most animals move freely in their habitat. They can move. This requires a clear control device. That became the brain. All animal species have such a brain: from fruit flies to humans. They all have something that resembles brains. The largest saurians (dinosaurs)sometimes even had two: one in their heads and another—a sort of way station—somewhere near their spine. The brain is an organ in which all kinds of information is processed, analyzed and resulting action is coordinated by the body. Don't think people are always the best at it. An ordinary housefly, for example, reacts 100 times faster to what it sees than we do. So it does that much more efficiently. And what applies to the sight of such a fly, applies to almost all other senses that animals have. There are birds that see up to 50 times sharper than we do. Whales can communicate with each other hundreds of miles away via water. Many insects smell odorous substances from a great distance that are present in the air so diluted that we can hardly detect them even in a laboratory. fish can,(rows of small holes in the scales) , the lateral line organ. Bees can see ultraviolet light.

Many animals have an incredible sense of orientation. With the help of the sun, stars and the electromagnetic field of the Earth, which many animals feel, they can flawlessly determine a direction or find a certain place. Even if such a place is on the other side of the Earth. Many animals know exactly which plants they need to eat to stay or become healthy. A dog will eat rough grass if he has problems with his intestines and you or his mother did not teach him that.

And animals – just like humans – can communicate with each other, exchange data. Even between different species. That communication goes even further than we can, because some animals are able to function flawlessly as cells in a larger body. For example, in a huge group of birds that fly close together, but despite all their joint bends do not touch each other. It is then one creature that flies there. Much more efficient than a platoon of drillers. Fish know that too. There is a species that surpasses humans for almost every characteristic of animals. There is even a good chance that some animals have properties that we have no idea about because we are completely missing them and we do not even suspect their existence.

In addition, we are domesticated creatures and so are the animals we use and breed. Domesticating always means that animals are dull. A wild wolf is more intelligent than the smartest dog. A wild horse will never eat ragwort, a domestic horse will. He eventually dies from the poison that accumulates in his body. Although we consider ourselves the smartest creatures on Earth, we don't know what we've lost in the process of our domestication. It is certain that some things have disappeared from our perceiving possibilities. We can only partly compensate for this with tools that we devise and construct. We excel at that, but that too is not a quality that is exclusively human. Many animal species also use tools to achieve or construct something. Animals have consciousness. It's starting to look like plants have that too. It is certainly also true that the plants 'domesticated' by us have lost some of their wild qualities and – like our pets and heritage animals – have become dumber. Although it sounds strange to put it that way.

ALL LIVING NATURE IS CONSTANTLY LOOKING FOR SOLUTIONS TO PROBLEMS

Living nature is larger than our biosphere, because space is also teeming with life that survives effortlessly – despite all the radiation that prevails there. So there is indeed extraterrestrial life. Many living bacteria and the like have already been found in extraterrestrial space. We will not go further into that now. We want to talk about Earth life here. It has already been tried above to show that Nature has managed to create properties in living beings that are sometimes far beyond our human qualities and capabilities. It seems that Nature herself is an indeterminate consciousness that creates and tries out solutions for every problem. These solutions are specifically developed with the intention of preserving the totality of life as well as possible. If this requires change, it will be implemented. This happens for and with everything that lives in wild nature, so with animals and plants. And the interrelationship between them is never forgotten. In fact, always encouraged.

When flowering seed plants developed, an enormous complex of pollinating animal species emerged at the same time. That wasn't there before. An incredible phenomenon that has resulted in super-intelligent adaptations in plants and animals! That is what the phenomenon we call 'Nature' does. Plants and animals that work together in the phenomenon of nature.

Plants must therefore also have properties that are comparable to those of animals, but have necessarily developed differently and are still developing. All kinds of research and observations during the last 70 years make this very plausible. Knowledge about this is even gaining momentum. We are getting to know and understand plants better and better. There are very surprising findings.

PLANTS HAVE SENSES JUST LIKE ANIMALS

Plants perceive and react actively in and to everything in their environment. They can communicate with each other. It seems that they even remember things and can hear and feel things. There are even observations that indicate that they have intuition and can even perceive telepathically. All qualities that until recently were considered non-existent or even completely out of the picture as an idea. Some research suggests that plants have more senses – in any form – than humans.

In any case, it is certain that plants are not fairly simple, rather passive living organisms. Plants can do a lot and react to everything in their environment. Almost all plants live in communities of plants and animals in which intensive mutual, very complex contacts take place. There are also exceptions: for example pioneer plants at the beginning of their existence on an otherwise still lifeless terrain or lonely trees that grow out of a rock crevice somewhere.

Take a forest – that's such a plant community. In a forest, all the plants that live in it have contact with each other. It had been known for years that this happened with an exchange of chemical substances (via soil, air and water) , but for several years it has also been known that fungi play an incredibly large role in this. In their mycelium (their underground wire networks) they form a true 'telephone circuit' in which messages are transmitted not only chemically, but also energetically at lightning speed from and to the roots of plants.

Plants warn each other chemically and energetically of danger. Their roots and the fungi they work with are (also) very similar to nerve networks.
'Mother plants' provide the seedlings they want to protect with extra nutrition through that same network, allowing them to survive in their difficult first phase of life, while seedlings that have something wrong do not get it. That is targeted action.

Plants can regulate their growth. They specifically avoid hazardous substances in the soil. They send their roots down into the ground and their shoots up. They can grow towards light. Sunflowers (a lot of other flowers) focus on sunlight throughout the day. They follow that. They spin their flowers. They also do this with artificial light lamps with certain suitable frequencies. Plants that have been moved or transplanted in a different direction from the one they were standing in, quickly turn their leaves back towards the light. So in a sense they can see, but they can also feel.

A sundew plant 'feels' it when a fly lands on a leaf and closes that leaf very quickly to catch that fly. Plants such as the herb-do-not-stir-me also react directly to touch.

Surprisingly, it has also been established that plants can smell plants. When plants are infested by insects or otherwise damaged—which probably includes cutting down a tree or pruning a shrub—those plants let you know by releasing alarm odors. These substances are spread through the air and warn other plants. They can then produce antibodies against insects, for example. A famous example is the eating of acacia trees by giraffes in Africa. When such a tree is gnawed by a giraffe, that tree immediately starts producing foul-tasting substances and releases them into the air as fragrance. The other acacias in the area react to this and also start producing those flavourings. Giraffes know this and never stay in one place for long to eat from the trees. As soon as they start to taste that foul taste, they move to a place three miles away because they know the trees there won't react because the alarming odorants haven't arrived there yet. It also happens that plants do not produce antibodies, but substances that attract the enemies of the attackers. That is pure cooperation in nature: a sophisticated concept.

In fact, plants also seem to be able to hear. There have been experiments in which the sound of leaf-eating caterpillars was played in the immediate vicinity of plants. The plants then started to produce antibodies against caterpillars and showed energetic reactions. Until recently, everything that plants did was explained mechanically or chemically. Anyone who claimed otherwise – that a conscious energetic factor could also be recognized in plant behavior – was ridiculed. That is no longer possible. There is too much research that shows clearly that plants react chemically or mechanically, but that they do so on the basis of an awareness of the environment.

That plants react not only mechanically or chemically, but also physically energetically has been known since Cleve Backster in 1968 did his famous tests with a lie detector on plants. Plants reacted to everything in their environment. A lie detector responds to the electronic changes in an object. For example in the skin of a human being, but also in the leaf of a plant. Plants were even found to respond to emotional differences that occurred in their environment. So apart from direct physical contact. That is telepathy and that in itself is a subject on which scientists are far from agreed when it comes to humans and other animals. Let alone when it is claimed that plants also exhibit telepathic abilities. Yet there is no other explanation for what was found.

That was exactly what Japanese professor Masuru Emoto discovered in water. Emoto is the founder of the discovery of 'the memory of water'. Water is a strong energy carrier. Just as a radio or television wave carries radio sound or a television image – we are familiar with this phenomenon – water also absorbs and carries information. Water has an energetic memory. Everything that lives consists partly of water and therefore shares that property.

Masuru Emoto

Much of the research on plants today focuses on communication between plants. It turns out that a lot of plants are connected to a lot of fungi. This 'symbiosis' is increasingly being demonstrated. These fungi are rewarded with nutrients by the plants for their communicative services and that is done in a very targeted way, so consciously. But we don't yet know how that consciousness works. Plants do not have a demonstrable physical brain, like animals. But experiments show that plants can learn. If things happen to which they initially clearly noticeably react energetically, but the effect of that event is not harmful to them, they will react less and less with repetition of that event. The plant 'learns' and thus somehow remembers that this action can do no harm. That is extremely remarkable and seems to indicate consciousness. We don't know where that is, but we don't know that in humans and animals either. Because strange things also happen in our brains. For example, it turns out that if a part of our brain appears to be dead – and it is assumed that all our experiences are stored in it – that part of the brain is not essential for this. With regrowth, long-lost memories can come back. So those memories were elsewhere. Something else is at work than just a biomechanical process. And apparently that applies to both animals and plants. Because strange things also happen in our brains. For example, it turns out that if a part of our brain appears to be dead – and it is assumed that all our experiences are stored in it – that part of the brain is not essential for this. With regrowth, long-lost memories can come back. So those memories were elsewhere. Something else is at work than just a biomechanical process. And apparently that applies to both animals and plants. Because strange things also happen in our brains. For example, it turns out that if a part of our brain appears to be dead – and it is assumed that all our experiences are stored in it – that part of the brain is not essential for this. With regrowth, long-lost memories can come back. So those memories were elsewhere. Something else is at work than just a biomechanical process. And apparently that applies to both animals and plants.

WHAT IS THE EFFECT OF THESE NEW INSIGHTS ON HOW WE DEAL WITH PLANTS?

For the most part, plants live in very complex communities in which they do not fight each other, but rather help and strive for balance in the whole. When circumstances change, the entire community changes with it. Some species will fall, but others will gain. This happens as a whole because it concerns the totality of the community and not just individuals. Individuals will adapt as long as they can, but give up life to other organisms if it is better for the community.

A garden composed solely of individual plants that 'have nothing in common' is in fact a shabby display. The plants in it will partly fight each other, they have great difficulty forming the natural network they need and waste an incredible amount of energy maintaining themselves. Then plants try to crowd and oppress each other instead of helping each other, pruning and chopping, hoeing and weeding have to be done. We humans need to think much more in terms of plant communities and figure out what they should look like in our gardens. The most horrific example of a plant-unfriendly garden is what is called a 'polletje-polletje garden' in which the soil is kept open around every plant. That is completely unnatural for plants.

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