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Ouch!philosophical questions to rest
« on: June 13, 2013, 11:01:31 AM »
It’s good for roses and motivation

Shakespeare may call a rose by any other name to find it would smell just as sweet. Sadly, by changing nomenclature, our great bard would’ve found the thorns and their prick would hurt just the same. That’s a package deal. A rose thorn would prick by any other name! A source of hundreds of poetic metaphors and wise quotes across cultures; the beauty of rose surrounded by prickly thorns that enhances its desirability is set to change, not by the pen of a Poet Laureate, but by a few scientists of the IHBT (Institute of Himalayan Bio-Resource Technology) at Palampur, HP, who have separated the thorns from the fragrant existence of a rose’s life.

The thornless variety of red and pink roses, christened Himalayan Wonder, may put many philosophical questions to rest, raised by some of the most profound thinkers of the world. In Antoine Saint Exupery’s popular parable, “The Little Prince,” the prince wonders,

“…why flowers go to such trouble to produce thorns that are good for nothing?” Are the thorns then not a declaration of the roses’ beauty? Roses grow thorns to motivate their seekers to take risk and protect their fragility. Try to touch them and they scratch and prick you. By robbing a rose of its thorns, a rose will be robbed of its vanity. It will be made easily accessible. This might reduce its desirability, its mystery and its market value. After all, a rose is like any other flower; only its thorns make its possession formidable.

This scientific intervention may enhance the business of roses. Growing and taming thornless roses will be an easier task, but roses will lose their metaphorical relevance. Life is enriched not by commercial gains alone; it needs the sweet prick of thorns with the sweet fragrance of roses. How else would Oscar Wilde write the beautiful parable of “The Nightingale and the Rose” if the rose was bereft of thorns? Like the lover who loses his love in the story the rose will lose the mystery of beauty to make us wonder, “It’s not half as useful as logic.”