Friday, May 22, 2015
  Wild roses 2



Continuing from previous post. (This pic includes the power line mentioned before.)

What are these roses DOING?

Creating. Working. Making a wide variety of infinitely complex products, which will be 99.9% wasted from the plant's viewpoint. But Nature knows that some of these products, these pollen grains and seeds, will help to reproduce more roses. Some of those new roses will be in far-distant places. And all of these products will end up nourishing other plants and animals, either by direct consumption or by decaying into new soil.

Is this something like debt? No. The exact opposite.

Humans made one crucial mistake about 1000 years ago. We've always sent our seeds to distant places, always explored and migrated, and we've always had to accumulate enough supplies and fat to survive an expedition. Around 1100 AD we got greedy, wanted to hurry the process, wanted to make larger and more destructive expeditions than we could supply by saving. We created banks and credit to hurry the expeditions. Formal credit removed the feedback and restraint of accumulation, and opened the way for all sorts of destructive expeditions, "discovering" and smashing places and things. Now we're reaping the suicidal fruits of total non-feedback, total lack of restraint. Our governments create "money" with no hope or plan of replacing it by real value, and use "money" to invade and destroy everything everywhere. Abstraction creates abstraction. No material universe when we're done.

Well then, is the rose betting? You could call it that, but it's more like faith, hope, and charity.

Faith that some bees will reach other rose blossoms (which is fairly certain); hope that the bees will distribute my pollen into the stamen of a fertile rose blossom (somewhat less certain); and charity in granting nectar to the bees so the bees can feed their kids. The charity gives certainty to the faith.

Plants are the creative end of Nature. They pull in air and water and sun and electrons and a few metals, and they make infinitely complex life from simple energy and simple molecules.

Animals are the transformers and destroyers. We take the life offered up charitably by plants, and turn it into more mobile forms of life that do an infinite variety of tasks.



Some of our work helps the plants and some hurts. In the simplest sense, our production of CO2 helps the plants to breathe in a world that has been short of CO2 for a long time. (Yes, fucking Gaians, that is a simple and plain fucking fact. Look at the fucking data.) We carry their pollen and seeds accidentally or intentionally. We use their flowers and fruits as tokens in our own courtship rituals, honoring their sacrifices. We use fermented fruits as more sophisticated courtship tokens and also as fuel and money. And a few of us (at least ants and humans) intentionally cultivate plants to feed ourselves or to feed our aphids and cows.

Seeds are one form of resilience, capable of storing value for many years. Root systems can also be resilient, as I noticed this year with a maple root that remained for 18 years until it saw the sun again.

When you store seeds and leave roots in place, a chopped-down culture can regrow. Russia was able to pop back after we chopped it down because Russia had not been operating on monetary or cultural debt. The Russian version of collectivism ran with little use of money and debt, concentrated on maintainable technology, and made a point of leaving cultural roots alone. A hardy and thorny perennial, like roses.

The US/UK/EU version of Gramscian tyranny is a fragile annual. It won't be able to regrow after it collapses. In recent years we've been trying to operate SOLELY on abstract money and debt, without making or transforming any actual STUFF. We force people to stop accumulating money. And we're ferociously grinding up our cultural roots. We force people to stop accumulating wisdom, and we SMASH the enforcers of normal order. Anyone who shows even the tiniest indication of rootedness SHALL BE CHOPPED AND BURNED AND VAPORIZED.

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