Flor feroz

Drosophyllum lusitanicum (L.) Link

If one speaks of beasts one thinks first of wild beasts; if of flowers one thinks first of wild flowers. But there are two great exceptions; caught so completely into the wheel of man's civilization, entangled so unalterably with his ancient emotions and images, that the artificial product seems more natural than the natural. The dog is not a part of natural history, but of human history; and the real rose grows in a garden. All must regard the elephant as something tremendous, but tamed; and many, especially in our great cultured centres, regard every bull as presumably a mad bull. In the same way we think of most garden trees and plants as fierce creatures of the forest or morass taught at last to endure the curb. (...)

Nobody seems to be afraid of a wild dog: he is classed among the jackals and the servile beasts. The terrible cave canem is written over man's creation. When we read "Beware of the Dog," it means beware of the tame dog: for it is the tame dog that is terrible. He is terrible in proportion as he is tame: it is his loyalty and his virtues that are awful to the stranger, even the stranger within your gates; still more to the stranger halfway over your gates. He is alarmed at such deafening and furious docility; he flees from that great monster of mildness.

G.K. Chesterton, The Wrath of the Roses (Alarms and Discursions, 1910)

2 comentários :

Maria da Luz Borges disse...

Quem diria que tão singela flor poderia ser carnívora? Ainda ontem andámos pela internet à procura de plantas carnívoras, pois as crianças não acreditavam que podem existir. Agora já tenho outra para lhes mostrar. Só não sei como lhes explicar o "funcionamento"... Onde é que me posso informar?
Um abraço

Maria da Luz Borges disse...

Já percebi. Segui o vosso link. Obrigado!