Recently I’ve been noticing the giving nature of plants. I found this leaf loose in one of the cactus pots I was taking cuttings of yesterday
. It had fallen off and was dying but it sprouted new leaves and gave them everything it had.
Looking at the fruit, salad and veg we grew (i.e. my husband grew) over the summer I saw this type of thing several times. I noticed that the tomato plants died with perfect looking tomatoes on them. The mange tout and sugar snaps became infested with powdery mildew, but the mange tout and sugar snap pods weren’t affected and kept on coming for quite a while. The squash plants died leaving beautiful squashes behind. Even though the plants were dying the babies were in great condition. They gave everything they had to ensure that the new life survived. The plants kept on giving and giving, without expecting anything in return other than perhaps the continuation of life after their death.
I might have mentioned once or twice that I have been reading the Moneyless Manifesto by Mark Boyle
recently. You might be wondering why this is relevant at this point. Well one route to being moneyless is to depend on giving and receiving (although never with the expectation of receiving anything directly in return for a gift). If we all gave freely in the way plants did then no-one would ever have need of money again.
More than that, Mark says:
‘While collectively taking off the lens called how much can I get? and putting on another labelled how much can I give?, how many people can I make smile today? or how can we work together to nourish and sustain the life around us? wouldn’t by itself cut the Gordian Knots of climate chaos, resource depletion and TV-generated boy bands, it would make for a crucial starting point.’
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