Using Organic Archetypes
When last I posted, I was just beginning to research relationship strategies with one’s environment (nature, in this case.)
I found three classic views of how any life (anywhere it is known to exist.) relates to its environment. All three are seen in light of there feeding strategies. Hey, we all got to eat!
The three classic social relationships are:
- Predator/Prey (Feeding upon the dead carcases.)
- Parasite/Host (From the Greek, “Living Beside”)
- Symbiot/Partner (Cooperating with another species for mutual gain.)
Here is one of my over-arching story plots using these relationships. Please note that it is way too early to tell this story with connections to our lives – this is a real symbiotic relationship told with plot twists (to keep the audience interested.):
A Tree Grows, by James Maxwell
There is a parasite feeding on the energy of a tree. (Parasite/Host)
In defense, the tree experiments with creating and releasing new chemicals in hopes of weakening the parasite.
However, instead of repulsing the parasite, the tree has attracted a second, more dangerous parasite.
Meanwhile, the original parasite discovers a taste for the new arrival and begins finding means of attacking it in addition to feeding upon the tree (Predator/Prey).
Eventually, the original parasite eats more of the new parasite and sucks less of the tree’s energy. The tree grows healthy again and now encourages the original parasite. (Symbiot/Partner).
In gratitude for a better source of energy, the original parasite begins to farm the second parasite (it was the tree’s idea), keeping just enough alive to ensure next season’s feast. (Predator/Prey between parasites and Symbiot/Partner with tree.)
I like this plot because the agents of their story change their strategies as their environment changes. They do not remain locked into even their nature, but “adapt” and evolve as their world changes – sometimes very rapidly.