This is Old-Tjikko. Its 9000 years old. The oldest tree in the world. Its in Sweden.
I heard about this story about 1000 olive trees being destroyed in Hebron this week. http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=588500 Since I don’t understand what the heck is going on overthere I don’t have a political view or religious view about it. Its just wrong. I just found out that olive trees can live 2000 years, long beyond the matters of the people around them. So why?
I was watching a program earlier in the week about the destruction of the Buddhas of Bamiyan in 2001 by the Taliban in Afghanistan. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddhas_of_Bamiyan The whole program was about how defacing of symbols is used as a weapon. Someone referred to it like this, “you can destroy art, but the image if the idea in the mind of the viewer is permanent”. http://www.betnahrain.org/glossary/art/assyrian_art_and_artist.htm
The defacing of sacred spaces goes on and on. Even if the space is a private sacred space, when its changed it makes us feel a loss of power. A teacher told me about a program in their school where the “Kupuna” or elders were telling the kids about the places in Hawaii that they considered important to their childhoods. Most of the places were gone, so what used to be a beach was now a parking lot with a strip mall. Maybe they left the trees standing when they bulldozed and maybe thats why they should. Found this link to a film about La’ie and this little video show how those small stories and little small places matter. kupunainteractive.com
We should be more thoughtful of trees. 1 month ago