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Sentience

 

December 24, 2017 - Portland Press Harold

Trees can teach us to value a world of connection

Trees can teach us to value a world of connection

“If you could spend, as I did, the sweeter part of four good years in that forest, scanning a sea of treetops for a twist of smoke, walking beneath that canopy of leaves in the chill clear mornings and again in the evenings … you too might begin to wonder, not only about yourself but also about these beings, alive, sentient, transpiring, which surround you.… What they felt I had no notion of.… But their conscious presence was unmistakable. I was not alone.” 

 – Edward Abbey, “The Crooked Wood” in “The Journey Home”

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