The Discrimination of Weeds

According to the Oxford Dictionary, a weed is “a wild plant growing where it is not wanted and in competition with cultivated plants.”

But who decides, anyway? Why is the Daisy any better than the Dandelion? Who deems such discriminations among the innocent life of Nature?

Some might say the proliferation of certain plants is what qualifies them as undesirable “weeds.” But then we go planting ivy in order for it to “take over” as other “weeds” so irritably do.

Others justify such discrimination based on the prickly and harmful thorns. Yet what is the Divine Mother of all flowers but the Rose herself–riddled with briars and sometimes the sharpest of the lot?

What a pretentious lot we are to think that manicured lawns, circular bushes, and compartmentalized flowers is Nature’s Platonic form? No such dame exists. While order is Good, and Nature suffers the effects of the fall, ordering tends to warp when the imposition forces ideals about the object in question that are not true of the objects nature.

Of course I do not mean to suggest that landscaping is immoral. Instead, we should reconsider our relationship with and presuppositions about Nature.


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