Posted: Sat Jan 08, 2011 1:41 am
Joe wrote:dbhguru wrote:Ed,
Well said. It is important that we periodically revisit the reasons we hunt and measure trees, both for ourselves and for others to better understand the appeal of the occupation. We hunt trees all the time, so the reasons are a given for ourselves, but not to the public at large. The better we can articulate our reasons and describe our craft, the more we will attract others. Good job.
We like big trees because they turn us on- but most people don't get it- which is why the scientific approach to measuring and evaluating big trees is extremely important and will help the rest of the world to understand why big trees and old forests are valuable- not just because of aesthetics but for many reasons- especially to let us better understand the full potential of nature- the nature that has created us. I find it crazy to go to church and not understand nature. Churches to me are fantasies- nature is real- very real- wonderful in many ways but also it has pain and suffering and death- and that is The Way.
You hit the nail on the head! That is the very reason I chose to follow a path of druidry. Most churches and indeed Christianity itself teach little on the natural world. Druidism focuses highly on nature and its value and also teaches that humans are of nature, not separate from it. Druidry picks up where my Christianity leaves off.