Flowers for Valentine’s Day
Many people give their significant other flowers to celebrate the love in their relationship. Why? Flowers are beautiful, they’re symbolic of spring, which is symbolic of life. Etc. The human mind appreciates these reasons and many others. Scientists can study both flowers and the mind and further deepen our appreciation for the wonders of nature and of love itself. A time on earth existed when flowers never bloomed. Nature gave us all a gift – we should celebrate it. Loren Eiseley helps us.
These fantastic little seeds skipping and hopping and flying about the woods and valleys brought with them an amazing adaptability. If our whole lives had not been spent in the midst of it, it would astound us. The old, stiff, sky-reaching wooden world had changed into something that glowed here and there with strange colors, put out queer, unheard-of fruits and little intricately carved seed cases, and, most important of all, produced concentrated foods in a way that the land had never seen before, or dreamed of back in the fish-eating, leaf-crunching days of the dinosaurs.
Without the gift of flowers and the infinite diversity of their fruits, man and bird, if they had continued to exist at all, would be today unrecognizable. Archaeopteryx, the lizard-bird, might still be snapping at beetles on a sequoia limb; man might still be a nocturnal insectivore gnawing a roach in the dark. The weight of a petal has changed the face of the world and made it ours.