As I was preparing some fruit to juice in my blender, the stem of an apple caught my eye.
We all know the stem is a point where fruit receives its nutrition. The plant is the mother, the stem is the umbilical cord, and the fruit is offspring of the plant. We break or cut the “umbilical cord”, take the offspring and consume it so that we might live.
Many people say that a plant has no consciousness, that it’s not like taking the life of an animal to consume for our own benefit. But when I tend my garden, I feel the life of those plants. Those plants feed me and give me life.
How could it not have a life of its own?
Their toes reach into the earth, giving them stability and sustenance. Their branches reach to the sky in celebration of the sun, wind and rain that feeds, caresses and bathes them.
We take the lives of many things. We can condemn ourselves or others, or celebrate the goodness of life and the bounty it serves us. How could I condemn another for taking from the tree of life? Or an animal that lays down its life for us?
This world is not our true home, for our lives are limited while here. Death and decay are inevitable as living. Let us accept death for the life it gives. Both human existence and death are temporary, but only in this world. In reality, there is no death or world.