Why mycology should be adopted politically

Mycology, the study of fungi, is a field that is often overlooked despite its crucial role in maintaining the health of our planet’s ecosystems. From the production of essential nutrients to the decomposition of organic matter, fungi play a vital role in the delicate balance of nature.

Yet, despite this importance, many politicians continue to ignore the potential of these fascinating organisms. It is time for them to open their minds and embrace the magical world of mycology. For, as the ancient philosopher Aristotle once said, “To know the mighty works of God, to comprehend His wisdom and majesty and power; to appreciate, in degree, the wonderful workings of His laws, surely all this must be a pleasing and acceptable mode of worship to the Most High, to whom ignorance cannot be more grateful than knowledge.”

In other words, by ignoring the potential of fungi, politicians are depriving themselves of the opportunity to better understand and appreciate the marvels of nature. And what better way to do so than by indulging in the mystical properties of magical mushrooms?

For centuries, mushrooms have been revered for their mysterious and seemingly otherworldly qualities. From their peculiar shapes and colors to their enigmatic habits of growth and reproduction, mushrooms have long fascinated both scientists and laypeople alike. But it is not just their appearance that makes them magical; many species of mushrooms possess unique and powerful properties that can have profound effects on the human mind and body.

For example, the infamous psychedelic mushroom, Psilocybe cubensis, is known for its ability to induce vivid hallucinations and alter states of consciousness. This remarkable property has been used by indigenous cultures for millennia in spiritual and religious rituals, and more recently, in the treatment of a variety of mental health conditions.

But the benefits of mushrooms extend far beyond their potential as a psychedelic tool. Many species of fungi are incredibly effective at breaking down complex organic compounds, making them essential for the decomposition of dead plant and animal matter. In doing so, they release valuable nutrients back into the soil, helping to fertilize and support the growth of other plants and organisms.

In fact, some of the most important plant species in the world, including the majority of our food crops, have a symbiotic relationship with fungi. The roots of these plants form specialized structures called “mycorrhizae” which allow them to exchange nutrients with the fungi in the soil. This relationship is essential for the health and productivity of these plants, and by extension, the health of the entire ecosystem.

But despite the undeniable importance of fungi in nature, many politicians remain stubbornly resistant to the idea of embracing their potential. Perhaps it is their fear of the unknown, or their limited understanding of the complexities of mycology. Whatever the reason, it is time for them to cast aside their preconceived notions and open their minds to the possibilities offered by these incredible organisms.

After all, who knows what exciting discoveries and innovations we might unlock if we were to fully explore the potential of fungi? Perhaps we could develop new and more sustainable methods of agriculture, or discover novel sources of medicine and other valuable compounds. The possibilities are truly endless.

So, let us all embrace the magic of mycology and encourage our politicians to do the same. Who knows, maybe one day they will even join us in enjoying the mystical experiences offered by magical mushrooms. Until then, let us continue to study and appreciate the important role that fungi play in the health of our planet.

Martijn Benders, Mycophilosopher, Mierlo

Martijn Benders has published twenty-six books, eighteen of which are in Dutch. He has been named one of the greatest talents of his time by critics like Komrij and Gerbrandy. He has also written three philosophical works, one of which is in English about the Amanita Muscaria, the Fly Agaric. Publishing on the international stage of The Philosophical Salon, he has also gained international recognition as one of the most remarkable thinkers from the Netherlands.