It started with the bees. More like it ended with the bees. With the ex­tinc­tion of honey bees, pol­li­na­tion of plants took a big hit. Most of the food crops, like corn and soy and the like, were made sure to be saved and care­fully grown in labs where they could be pol­li­nated with­out bees. The flow­ers were not seen with the same im­por­tance and soon the once brightly col­ored fields and gar­dens faded to dull, grey empti­ness. It didn’t take long for peo­ple to miss the beau­ti­ful qual­ity of a flower, but by then it was too late.

In an at­tempt to com­pen­sate for the loss of the ex­quis­ite beauty, sales of ar­ti­fi­cial flow­ers sky­rock­eted. In homes and gar­dens where there were once soft, bright, joy­ful blos­soms, there were now rough, stitched pe­tals on hard green stems. The man­u­fac­tured qual­ity of said flow­ers al­lowed peo­ple to com­pletely cus­tom­ize their gar­dens and cen­ter­pieces. Flow­ers of all shapes and sizes and col­ors filled homes and of­fices, pro­vid­ing an off-brand re­place­ment for the real deal.

Peo­ple were happy, though, with their imi­ta­tion lilies and roses. The loss of nat­u­ral beauty was lit­tle mourned. Life went on.

Flow­ers, which were once as­so­ci­ated with beauty and el­e­gance, were now af­fil­i­ated with ar­ti­fi­cial, man­u­fac­tured at­ten­tion-grab­bers. Peo­ple be­gan to re­fer to “fake” peo­ple as “flow­ery,” liv­ing their man­u­fac­tured lives. Ex­cuses that seemed to be a lit­tle far-fetched ap­peared “flow­ered.” A new genre of fic­tion movies be­came known as “flower films.”

If it is a flower, it is fake. Flow­ers are no longer real, but sad at­tempts at re­plac­ing the beauty of the real.

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