If you read the professional literature, you quickly get the impression that the well-being of the forest is only of interest insofar as it is necessary for optimizing the lumber industry.
– Peter Wohllenben, Introduction in The Hidden Life of Trees, xiii
If you read the professional literature of any kind, if you observe the scenes around us, you not only get the impression of interest in optimization, but also the pervasiveness of global neoliberal market economies in our daily lives and common practices…
Slow down, breathe deep, and look around. What can you hear? What do you see? How do you feel?
…forests matter at a more fundamental level than most of us realize.
– Peter Wohlleben, Introduction to the English Edition in The Hidden Life of Trees, xi
Forests and mountains never cease to amaze me. When I think about the mountains I’ve clambered across and the trees that have sheltered me, I think, “if only I could stay here – if only this was home.”
What I like about these questions is that they could take place at any instance, anywhere. Whether we’re hammering away in dingy cubical at work, blazing a trail through a snowy forest, or wiggling through crowds of people, we should “slow down,” wonder why we aren’t at peace like the trees in the forest, and act in ways so we can be.