Post # 256       AN ARBOREAL FANTASY

There are moments in life when a feeling of fatigued exasperation, often respecting ignorant or misguided tendencies of our fellow humans, becomes especially unbearable. It is at such extreme times that we may, defensively, and healthily, choose to reject the unacceptable reality, by way of a momentary escape into fantasy.

One such instance seems to present itself with the obdurate inclination of many to downplay or disregard the ever- present danger to the environment of human behaviors, which ominously increase the quantum of carbon pollution and other lethal emissions released into the air and the planetary atmosphere. We can imagine a horrifying nightmare where ultimately, our lush, green, life supporting, planet is degraded to a cold, lifeless and colorless rock, like the moon. This tragic existential possibility, which is ignored by so many thoughtless human beings, is an appropriate impetus to engage in fantasy.

In the interest of not being misjudged, we would declare that [based upon the objective facts of our life, including our perception of other’s experienced evaluations of us, and innumerable medical visits to physicians for check-ups and the usual maladies] we are healthy, reality oriented, and free from paranoia, delusions or  similar pathology. With such assurances we return to our subject conceit, or fantasy.

When in the presence of trees, whether we are in a state of motion, or are stationary,  we have the bizarre impression that we are being sized up and actively scrutinized by them; in the same manner as scientists observe an organism in a petre dish, or as the public is watched, under surveillance by an official closed camera channel. At such times, we divine the felt possibility that man may have overlooked some sentient potential possessed by the earthly arboretum.

It is an empirical fact that all trees grow upward (excepting a few varietals, and the phenomenon of branch growth.) It is also demonstrably true that height (as in control towers or ranger stations) affords the viewer, a much clearer and better contextual view. [For this reason, tourists visit the Empire State Building or the Eiffel Tower.] Since trees grow upward, it follows that the youngest growth is on the very top, which enables the tree’s extended visibility. Furthermore, by analogy to our knowledge of mammals, we know that youngest eyes see best and without impediments, such as cataracts or needed correction. It is not yet scientifically clear, however, whether the resultant findings of such arboreal observation are suitably recorded and accessibly stored by the investigative trees.

There are some naturalists, of note, who opine that the observed nodding, or visibly  sideways sway of the trees, indicate inarticulate displeasure or worried concern. One would question whether arboreal observational also suffers, as in the case of human observation, from the limitation in accuracy of subjective perception.

Supplementing the above, specifically, on the subject of record keeping, we have come across a nine- year study, published in the respected Norwegian “Daily Tree Hugger,” based upon the latest scientific research, undertaken by the world renowned, Scandinavian arborist, Professor Leif Rootundbark, aided by an associate doctoral staff. The findings of the subject study reveal that on careful analysis, discernible algorithmic symbols in the growing rings of various selected tree trunks. Further research upon this exciting breakthrough is proceeding apace.

We are persuaded, contrary to our former understanding, that trees are perceived, in error, by homo sapiens, to be indifferent to mankind. In truth, they are dutifully engaged in muted intelligence surveillance on a full-time (24-7) basis; observing the selfish and careless habits of man, which pose an existential danger to the planet, (including the trees, themselves). We suggest that in your next stroll in the park, look up and try to smile at the ambient trees, that appear to be the friendliest.

As if they were part of the scenario of a classic Greek tragedy, the trees knowingly sway back and forth (like the traditional Greek chorus) in their sad fore- knowledge of inevitable resultant tragedy, caused by man’s hubris and unreasonable perspective.



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Retired from the practice of law'; former Editor in Chief of Law Review; Phi Beta Kappa; Poet. Essayist Literature Student and enthusiast.

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