From Sing, You Righteous by Rabbi Avigdor Miller
The glider-wing of the maple seed is a demonstration that the maple tree is “aware” of the wind. Science books call the wing a modified leaf, which is the same as calling a glider a modified board, or calling an electric bulb a modified candle.
The wing is indeed a paragon of purposeful technology, and is no more accidental than the wing of an airplane. It is made of lightweight material which when it dries becomes thin and taut. A thin frame of tough material runs around the wing to give it firmness and to prevent it from crumbling apart.
The seed wing is a paragon of purposeful technology
The seed is so situated at the end of the wing, and the wing is so shaped, that when the winged seed is dropped it revolves so that it acquires levitation and can be transported by the wind.
That shows awareness par excellence:
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