The plants are not having my jelly babies, Typoz ! (sorry couldn't resist) Interesting thread though impossible to resolve IMHO !
I remember reading something years ago about the way ancient humans used red ochre as a pigment. There were indications from archaeology that it was extracted from the ground with a certain reverence, and the places from which it was extracted were afterwards refilled with care.
This seems to resonate with some Native American ideas about treating everything with respect, rather than dividing things into categories, "treat this with care", "abuse the hell out of this". I think there's a point there, not so much in the idea of treating the rocks as alive, like one's own mother, but more importantly, that we should not switch on and off our respect and reverence, but maintain it as a continuous state.