I tell my students to get two plants, one alive and one plastic. As time goes on, the students tell me that the plastic plant is pretty but that 'It doesn't call to me, it doesn't say "Water me." or "See if I've changed since last night - see if I have a new leaf." The students become involved with the living plant. It keeps pulling to them, and they care about it. They nurture it, but they don't want to force it. I think we have lost our sense of involvement and that we're cheating ourselves. What would life be like if there were only plastic flowers?