So... Here we go...
|Hot House Flowers||Flowering Weeds|
|Fragile and costly and rare||Hearty and cheap and abundant|
|Highly valued for their uncommon beauty||Reviled for their commonness|
|Can really brighten up a room||Can really brighten up a vacant lot|
|Can bring tears to your sweetheart's eyes when given as a bouquet||Can bring tears to the eyes of a significant portion of the earth's mammalian population every spring.|
|Require many resources and much external care in order to flourish||Make efficient use of whatever resources are available in order to survive in inhospitable environments|
|Are separate, cut off from the greater biological sphere. They produce nothing, only consume.||Are a vital part of the natural system, providing pollen for bees, food for birds and insects, and fertilizer when they die – just to name a few contributions|
|Likely to be found in beautiful cut glass vases on marble topped tables in the finest establishments in the world||Likely to be found woven into fairy princess crowns on the heads of little girls around the world|
|Will decorate your funeral momentarily||Will decorate your grave eternally|
Today's lesson: A weed sprouting through a crack in a Manhattan sidewalk is actually pushing all of New York City out of its way. Wherever you find yourself, seek the sunlight.
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