They are NOT judging us but they do have complex communications systems interacting with their environment:
The patterns that fungi like mushrooms use to communicate are said to be “strikingly similar” to those of human speech. But how?:
“Fungi send electrical signals to one another through hyphae—long, filamentous tendrils that the organisms use to grow and explore. The Guardian reports that previous research shows that the number of electrical impulses traveling through hyphae, sometimes likened to neurons, increases when fungi encounter new sources of food, and that this suggests it’s possible that fungi use this “language” to let each other know about new food sources or injury. – Natalia Mesa, “Can Mushrooms “Talk” to Each Other?” at The Scientist (April 6, 2022) The paper is open access.
That would make fungi, one of the kingdoms of life, similar to plants in that they can send chemical messages.
When researchers studied that, they discovered that the messages were somewhat complexDenyse O’Leary, “Not just plants — even fungi like mushrooms — talk to each other?\” at Mind Matters News (April 14, 2022)
Takehome: We needn’t expect ‘Fungus’ on Google Translate any time soon. Fungi only talk about how and where to decompose other life forms’ detritus.
But life is much fuller of information than we had expected.
You may also wish to read: How plants talk when we’re not around. Some aspects of plant behavior can be studied in the same terms as animal or human behavior. Consciousness? Plant communications are extensive and perhaps much more complex than, say, computers, even though, as with computers, no one is likely “home.”