Pilgrim at Tinker Creek - A response journal
Created for TeachersFirst by Brenda Walton, Ed.D.
Chapter 7 - Spring
page 113 Dillard writes:
"John Cowper Polys said, We have no reason for denying
to the world of plants a certain slow, dim, vague, large, leisurely
semi-consciousness.' He may not be right, but I like his adjectives.
The patch of bluets in the grass may not be long on brains, but might
be, at least in a very small way, awake. The trees especially seem to
bespeak a generosity of spirit. I suspect that the real moral thinkers
end up, wherever they may start, in botany. We know nothing for certain,
but we seem to see that the world turns upon growing, grows towards
growing, and growing green and clean."
Written response #10 -- Personal response to Dillard's writing
What about plants? What do you make of this allegation that plants might
have a "semi-consciousness"? How are plants an important part
of our world? Are plants a significant and worthy object of study for
an environmentalist? Tell a story about plants in your life-- a garden?
Poison ivy? Lawn mowing? Wildflowers?