I’d like to notify all literal interpreters of the Bible (because I know a lot of them read this blog) that the Bible appears to have been vastly anti-plants. Today I was listening to The Center of Everything (by Laura Moriarty) on my iPod and the young narrator was quizzing her grandmother regarding Noah and his ark and if he collected 2 of every animal, including tarantulas and the like. And I realized, hey! Do they not mention plants as being needed to be saved from the flood? Because you know, very few plants can survive flooding. And it would have been pretty easy to save plants, given that all you have to do is collect seeds and you don’t even have to, you know, feed them, clean up their poop, keep them from fighting amongst each other and eating each other! Much more feasible than collecting 2 of all animals.
Thankfully, the flooding of the entire earth probably never ever happened, although there probably were a number of large floods in prehistoric times (they just didn’t cover the whole earth). So we don’t really have to worry about how come there are all these plants around now. But it does seem to me that this is yet another example of how animal-centric we are. This might be because we ourselves are animals (although, again the literalists probably don’t like that idea much, we are separate and fundamentally different from all other animals). Since I study plants this perspective drives me bananas! Plant are amazing organisms! And Noah was dumb if he didn’t take ’em along on his ark. So there.