Just a short post today as I’m busy studying up for next Monday’s GMAT. A few days ago I was cruising Wikipedia and I found this image on the page for raspberries:
Now I suppose this might be more a reflection on our attitude towards insects rather than food, but isn’t nuisance a pretty loaded word here? I interpret it one of two ways:
- Raspberries find wasps to be a nuisance.
- People find wasps’ taste for our raspberries to be a nuisance.
The first interpretation hinges on what would be a pair of bold decisions on Wikipedia’s part. First, the site would be conceding that fruits (or at the very least, raspberries) have opinions. Unlikely, but whatever. Next, it would be suggesting that raspberries consider the state of having their flesh torn off by razor sharb mandibles and eaten to be “a nuisance”. This I won’t allow. Being eating alive by wasps would not just be annoying, it would be horrifying. And painful.
The second (much more likely) interpretation points towards the center-of-the-universe perception of our society. It assumes human ownership of the raspberries, and rejects the possibility of sharing without hardship. Now, consumers may be warming up to more environment-friendly products, but wouldn’t it be interesting if society could completely elevate from its me-first point of view?
How refreshing would it be to see this on that Wikipedia page: