Stephen Harrod Buhner. The Lost Language of Plants: The Ecological Importance of Plant Medicines to Life on Earth. White River Junction, Vt.: Chelsea Green Publishing, 2002. Paperback, xi +325 pages.
The author, who has seven other books to his credit, powerfully expresses his thoughts and feelings about biophilia, the love of living organisms, notably plants, and the lack of biophilio in modern medicine and the pharmaceutical industry. The book is designed to elicit the reader’s thoughts and feelings about the “inner/outer life” of plants and people and to awaken in him or her a sense of wonder and kinship with all life.
Buhner’s love of plants is phenomenal, personal, and inspiring. He regards them as sentient beings who can, do, and should meaningfully interact with us. This may sound far out, but his book is well argued and gives the reader a glimpse into botanical life unlike any other. After reading it, one is left with a feeling of wonder and comfort, as well as a sense of alarm at the fact that our plant friends and potential healers are treated with the utmost disrespect by the polluting industries that do the bidding of overconsumers—most of us.
Buhner underscores his brilliant prose with poetry—his own and others—and manages to convey to us far more than useful bits of information: a deep-felt gratitude for being an integral part of life on Earth.
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