Asked in Earth Sciences
Why are there thorns on roses?
February 27, 2009 4:25AM
No, not on the roses but on their pinesues. So that nothing can eat them. It is a defense mechanism. If an animal bites into a rose, and gets a mouthful of thorns, they won't want to eat it anymore.
Do you complain because roses have thorns or rejoice because thorns have roses?
Not all thorns have roses (example: briar bushes) and just because a rose bush has thorns does not mean it has roses. So the premise of this is illogical. You cannot depend on thorns to assume you'll find or see roses, that roses will ever be found or seen, or whether you're looking at a rose bush at all. The only logical answer, then, is to rejoice that we have gloves to hold a rose stem and snippers to cut off its thorns if present. But we also must appreciate that thorns serve a protective function for the roses we enjoy. For example, a deer's nose is awfully sensitive--when it comes to nosh (eat) a rosebud, its nose will get pricked by thorns so it learns to leave roses alone.