Wild Eyed #01

on evolving our intelligence beyond species-centric ignorance

by Stephen Harrod Buhner
2002

Dream-talking with lichens

Fifteen years ago I had an odd dream. In it, a medicinal plant that I was interested in, an Usnea lichen that is ubiquitous on trees throughout the world, told me that while it was good for healing human lungs it was primarily a medicine for the lungs of the planet, the trees.

I awoke. I was amazed. It had never occurred to me in quite that way that plants have some life and purpose outside their use to human beings. But, of course, when I thought it over, I realized that the human species has only been around for about a million years.

A lichen, that has been intimately connected to tree species for at least 150 million years, must have been doing something all that time besides pining away for our emergence.


Credits:
The Lost Language of Plants: The Ecological Importance of Plant Medicines to Life on Earth
Stephen Harrod Buhner
page ix
Chelsea Green Publishing, 2002 (325 pages)
Correspondence:
The Recall of the Wild
TheRecallOfTheWild@Point-of-Departure.org
The Recall of the Wild


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