When plants are isolated from the sounds of other existence around them, they often don’t flourish. But, they appear to respond positively if any sounds of existence, pleasant or not, are present in their environment.
When human voices, instead of recorded electronic sounds, are present, many plants demonstrate an ability to distinguish between spoken nurture or abuse, and then they respond accordingly. They respond to us.
Plants appear to have some practical internal network for electrical impulses that reacts to external stimuli. This internal network can be de-sensitized using a conventional anesthetic.
Sincere, committed vegans believe that their lifestyle is an expression of the foundational truth that animals possess an innate personhood. In this way, they sincerely believe that they really do understand love, because you don’t kill and eat a person that you love.
But what happens to their understanding of love if there’s a possibility that plant life is also sentient, self-aware, sensitive to the vibrations of environment, and able to recognize human communication. What happens to their understanding of love when electrical impulses passing through a plant’s internal network might contain a message of suffering or even pain?
Would they shake off this possibility, because plants have no conventional neural capability, and can’t really perceive suffering or cry out in pain? How might they react if they were told of present day indigenous cultures that celebrate and experience the life of plants in an audible dimension.