“We are all being manipulated by corn”

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…so says Michael Pollan in his latest TED talk. Pollan takes a look at things from the point of view of plants.  He continues by saying that corn’s scheme is for world domination through ethanol. He makes a good case, and to see it from a plant’s perspective is well, if not corny, at least refreshing.

What Pollan asks is, “Who is in charge?” For more than a century, humans have behaved in a manner that says we are superior, moving away from natural systems, progressively toward industrial agriculture. If we break the systems down to some of the simplest elements, we see the opposite to be true. For example, Pollan talks about the lure of the flower, which has spent ages perfecting the right perfume for a bee. The bee isn’t in charge, the flower is.

When I sit down to write, I am assuming the same thing; that I am sovereign over my stories. But really, my characters hold me hostage daily. My settings, my conflicts, even my words are going full tilt for world domination, or at least Sally-domination. I am as surprised by the sentences, the stories, as much as anybody picking up my works for the first time.

As I let go, accepting the natural order of things, looking at the world from my conflicts, or settings, or character’s point-of-view, I find the cure for the disease of self-importance. Now that I know what corn is up to, I will look more closely at what lima beans are doing to protect themselves in the face of adversity.

If you want to learn more about what Michael Pollan says and possible hear how sneaky lima beans can be, click here for a superb TED talk!  http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/3Vxr5q/www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/michael_pollan_gives_a_plant_s_eye_view.html

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2 Responses to “We are all being manipulated by corn”

  1. JoAnn says:

    Yes-I have been afraid of corn for years-corn is the enemy…

  2. Stacey says:

    Michael Pollan is amazing! I love his writing and ideas. I’ll also keep an eye on those Lima beans!

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