Just because we stand
there for a minute
and see a sprout
at a standstill
doesn’t mean it doesn’t dance
when we’re not looking.
I’d like to take this a step further…
It’s easy to feel disconnected from certain living things—especially slow-moving plants and trees. Time lapses showcase their liveliness and sometimes, I have to sit down and watch some of these videos to snap me out of my human-centric perspective. I sometimes ask myself, “Do plants feel anything?” “Can they truly react to emotions?” Instead of discrediting that, I’m going to sound like the crazy person and say, why not? I’m open to the fact that anything is possible.
As for animals and all living things (we are animals too, by the way), I feel like the tinier they are, the more easily one can feel disconnected to them. To the point where if one finds a spider in their house, they squash it. If there are a few ants, they spray insect killer. You get the point. I suppose it’s easy to kill something that doesn’t make an audible noise (that you can hear). I’ve been guilty of this, so in no way am I trying to sound self-righteous, but ever since I’ve become more conscious of the world around me, I think twice before killing a bug (can’t lie, I’m scared of spiders and centipedes). Instead, I have a trusty plastic cup and a piece of thick paper to capture them and take them outside.
I’m still conflicted when it comes to infestations, though. I don’t want to kill anything, but what if it’s taking over my house? That’s going to be A LOT of trips to the front door…