“Wilderness can also instruct man that he is a member, not the master, of a community that extends to the limits of life and the earth itself. Because wild country is beyond man's control, because it exists apart from human needs and interests, it suggests that man's welfare is not the primary reason for or purpose of the existence of the earth."
THE VALUE OF WILDERNESS - Roderick Nash
“DEATH IS EVERYWHERE, OPPRESSIVE AND BEAUTIFUL. LOOKING AT ALL THIS GLORIOUS DECAY, A PERSON MIGHT BE FORGIVEN FOR THINKING THAT OLD MEANT DECADENT, THAT SUCH THICK MATS OF DECOMPOSITION WERE CELLULOSE CEMETERIES IN NEED OF THE REJUVENATING AX. SHE SEES WHY HER KIND WILL ALWAYS DREAD THESE CLOSE, CHOKED THICKETS, WHERE THE BEAUTY OF SOLO TREES GIVES WAY TO SOMETHING MASSED, SCARY AND CRAZED. THERE ARE THINGS IN HERE WORSE THAN WOLVES AND WITCHES, PRIMAL FEARS THAT NO AMOUNT OF CIVILIZING WILL EVER TAME.
THE OVERSTORY - RICHARD POWERS
“…this really is a case of interdependence, and most individual trees of the same species growing in the same stand are connected to each other through their root systems. It appears that exchanging nutrients and helping neighbors in times of need is the rule…
The reasons are the same as for human communities: there are advantages to working together.”
THE HIDDEN LIFE OF TREES - Peter Wohlleben
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