We adorn our churches, cemeteries and holy places with them.
We send them to our loved ones, especially the sick and elderly.
We smell like them and so do our cleaning and personal hygiene products.
Interestingly enough, they are just sexual organs. Granted, plant organs but reproductive organs no less. Penises and vaginas. Now imagine for a
second the unthinkable. Swap species. Now instead of petals, stigmas, filaments, anthers, sepals etc you have animal or human pubic hair, clitoris,
inner and outer labia, glans, testicles etc.
Awkward right? Especially when you think about gifting them to our Gods, elderly, sick and deceased.
But because it's plant sexual organs completely different in FORM we automatically think it is also different in ESSENCE. This is a fallacy. They are
still penises and vaginas, no matter the shape, color, size or form.
Flowers are not symbols of triumph, peace, love and respect. I mean, I guess as labels we use to trick our conscious minds, sure, they can be those
symbols but ultimately they are symbols of fertility.
We are obsessed with fertility. Everything we do is a fertility ritual, especially our spiritual practices.
We associate sex and reproduction with life (God) and mortality (illness, death) which is kind of cute in a
continuation-of-the-species-wishful-thinking kind of way. Only we use plants to do this, as we consider them clean and pure, as opposed to animals and
humans, which are vile and "sinful" by nature. Quite interesting.
So, I hope you have a poor imagination and pray I haven't ruined your next flower experience...or your sexual one for that matter!
edit on 5-6-2012 by lupodigubbio because: clarity