What might we learn and how might our behaviour change if we discarded the model of agency founded on mobility, autonomy and sovereignty, and adopted the model that trees offer us: rootedness, relationality, dialogue and responsiveness?
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
#211 / Rooted
The question posed above comes at the end of an article published in Aeon, an online magazine. The title of the article is "Rooted." The article is about trees.
I have been thinking about trees quite a bit since I read The Overstory, a novel by Richard Powers. I recommend both the novel and the article.
Our right relationship with trees means, automatically, a right relationship with Nature, upon which we ultimately depend.
Do we want to survive?
Well, if we do, it's time to make some fundamental changes, and that means recognizing that trees are sacred, the Natural World is sacred, and that we should be worshipping the forest, not cutting it down, not setting it on fire, not acting like WE are the most important living things around.
That is, more or less, what both the novel and the article say.