Sunday, 21 February 2010
The grander scheme
Over the years, especially more recently as I have begun to crystalise my own thoughts and views, opinions and ideas, I have come to realise the importance of the grander scheme of things. No man is an island, there is total interdependence between everything that exists on earth - the ripple effect of a stone thrown into water, or the butterfly effect.
This was brought into sharp focus for me at the end of last week, when I discovered my neighbour wobbling about in one of his apple trees wielding a chain saw (flimsy ladder, no safety gear, him alone, to boot.......)
I have lived here for over 12 years now, and every year, his fruit trees have given bountiful crops - left to rot on the ground - apples and plums. I have had some of them a couple of times, but not recently, and not given with good grace, so I didn't enjoy them as I should, and didn't ask again. We now have our own trees. He mowed over the apples with his mower, or just left them to rot where they fell. He could have heaped them into a barrow, wheeled it around to the front for others to help themselves (or pay for them) - share the bounty, especially if you don't want it, or have no need for it all.
They will be the ones down at Sainsbury queuing to pay for their plastic bags full of apples.............
Now, I realise that it's his property, as are the trees, and technically he has a right to do with them what he sees fit. However, what about the grander scheme of things?
Those trees were thickly covered with blossom in the spring - a haven for bees and other insects; sources of nectar and pollen; birds nested, hid, played and courted in them; the fruit provided food for birds and wasps, other insects; the living trees provided shelter and homes for myriad insects and other wild life. A microcosm of life on earth, a little micro biodiversity in a world increasingly becoming covered in tarmac for cars, houses and gravelled over gardens.
Have they not heard of the struggle of bees? Of wildlife? Lack of trees? Importance of keeping older varieties alive (not that I'm sure what these were, but...)? Being self-reliant in food? Sharing abundance? Millions of people starving in the world?How many forms of life, apart from man depend absolutely on trees? Global warming and climate change? Habitat destruction?
I could go on, but I don't need to.
As I look out of my landing window, over to the fields and woods, my eye is drawm to the ugly destruction he has wreaked on these lovely trees. He's not known for his gardening prowess, and has just lopped the tops off them, left lying sadly all over the garden in untidy piles. No doubt he will return to his deathly ways and remove them completely.
What a sad and tragic end for beautiful trees. My heart breaks.
Posted by MrsL at 08:35