According to Andean and Amazonian tradition plants feel like humans feel because they were human in beginning times and continue to have  this personal quality hidden inside them. 

On the one hand it is necessary to forget about the pathos of plants in order  to play soccer on grass, weed gardens, or cut trees to build a house. In these situations people seldom think about the suffering of the plants.


In the work of gardening or harvesting wild plants however, empathy with the pathos of the plant is important because the plants are believed to produce an abundant yield only if they have a rapport with the gardener.  If they don’t “like” the gardener or feel offended they don’t produce.    Medicinal plants work in a similar way.  If the plant feels ignored, offended, or mistreated by the healer it “withdraws” and the medicine in the bark or leaves does not work.  The following are expressions of empathy with plants: 


Clara Santi,  “On How Trees Fear Being Cut.”


”The Ischu Grass is Weeping.”


Abandoned Grains of Corn Cry


Frightening the Corn