One of the most astonishing things about trees is how social they are. Trees in a forest care for each other, sometimes even going as far as nourishing the stump of a felled tree for centuries after it was cut down. The reason trees share nutrients and communicate is because they need each other. They’re our gurus for class this week.
I think we should be more tree. Admit we need each other, that we’ll flourish when we support each other and return to a sense of community. Trees know they’ll thrive when they’re part of a forest. A tree is at the mercy of the wind and weather, but together trees create an ecosystem that moderates the extremes of heat and cold, in this protected environment trees will reach old age.
By contrast; we’ve constructed communities that are identifiable by their separation from others. A birch will nestle up to an oak and both welcome the presence of an acorn. In a wholly inclusive society inspired by the wisdom and truth of trees; I can stand strong when you feel felled by emotion. Together we can go out on a limb, nurture the young ones and seek shelter in others in our communitree.
See you in class tonight.