"It is in the wisdom also that the silent plants, who knows, may be alive than the destroyed souls, we who consume them" - "The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born" - Ayi Kwei Armah, 1968, p 48.
The plants may be alive than the people who consume them. In other words, plants like potatoes, may be alive or meaningful than the people who eat them. This is an exaggeration the author uses in order to show how some people of Ghana are having destroyed/morally decayed souls. People of Ghana are adulterous, exploitative, oppressive, corrupt, extravagant, and selfish. That's why the author says even plants may be alive/wise/peaceful than the Ghanaians who consume them.
Examples of themes/issues related to the quote:
- Infidelity in marriage
The writer views the society of Ghana as morally decayed one. He applies the exaggeration so as to portray how bad is the situation in the society. The author also urges other societies to make sure that this situation is avoided.