Ali Anani in Lifestyle, beBee in English, Writers Oct 9, 2016 · 1 min read · 2.3K

Our Distance from True Living

Our Distance from True Living

Humans and trees share common enemies. We may learn from trees how to deal with our enemies by elucidating appropriate strategies. Trees may live for hundreds of years because they know their friends and how to welcome them and their enemies and how to deal with them. Amazingly, trees can be very selective by producing one chemical that is friendly to one insect, but not another. Trees are the huge manufacturers of chemicals. They do their chemical synthesis under mild conditions and we may learn from them how to produce the complex molecules using simple procedures.

To give one example, trees produce the glucose sugar from photosynthesis. Trees don't have a fuel tank to fill and they rely on storing glucose as an energy source when needed. Trees may transform this sugar to starch and oil. Trees could also use this sugar to produce a host of defensive chemicals. If only trees could talk for how they mastered to produce specific and highly complex molecules such as those chemicals that block the enzymes in the fungi that inflict wood decay. What brains do trees have to allow them to device such smart molecules and defense mechanisms? Even more surprising is that the blocking chemicals must have the right notches to lock in the enzyme. How did trees figure this out?

Trees reveal their secrets sometimes for us to observe and learn from. Trees do what they do for a reason. For example, they produce resins. We may think this is a simple molecule. This assumption is far from truth.

Our Distance from True Living

Some bees use the resin to construct their nests. Honey bees use this resin to seal gaps in their hives. Trees produce resin in accordance with their local needs and the resins may therefore differ in their chemical compositions. Humans use the resins for many applications as varnishes, adhesives, therapeutics and many more. Chemicals are atoms arranged in an almost infinite number of ways. Each arrangement may produce a chemical with different properties. How did trees find out which chemical composition and arrangement would do the job it does is unimaginable.

Trees have been a great source of huge number of chemicals. Anti-malaria drugs, analgesics, rubber, oils of all kinds, perfumes and many more are examples of chemicals that we benefit from trees. The tree of chemicals that we get from trees is so well illustrated in this link. Just visit to wonder.

The conflict between trees and their sometimes hostile environment, pathogens, bacteria and fungi represents the conflict we depict in writing our stories. You wish to find how to resolve this conflict in a novel way then trees will be a great inspiration for you. They have met similar challenges and solved them. If only we learn from trees. Trees are a great source for ideas of stories.

Trees represent life and distancing ourselves from them is distancing us from real living. @Irene Hackett commented on my previous buzz by writing "You and I both wish for more "knowing", which I might interpret as more awareness - awareness of our true nature". I believe a journey to a forest will awaken us to this reality.

Ali Anani Oct 11, 2016 · #36

#34 I, too, thank you @Melissa Hefferman for your lovely reflections. It is early morning here and I say have a great day.

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Ali Anani Oct 11, 2016 · #35

#33 The way trees talk to each other, build preferential symbiotic relationships, heal their wounds and track sunlight make be believe too they know what they do @Melissa Hefferman

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Melissa Hefferman Oct 11, 2016 · #34

"imagination is greater than knowledge," who said that? Why? What did it mean? What did they understand? Can we create something new? I found some keys, I guess I better just enjoy Life and be me! Maybe I'll fabricate those keys somehow before I kick off into the dust. Maybe I talked to the trees when I was a crazy kid for a reason. Maybe, lots of maybes. More concrete in my mind but, well, metaphors exist for a reason, I'm grasping. Have a lovely evening and thank you for the reflection!

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Melissa Hefferman Oct 11, 2016 · #33

#31 Why yes the trees know. But we'll never get there in our imaginations until we know that they know, we are us. Good thing there is Art.

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Ali Anani Oct 11, 2016 · #32

What a great quote @Chas Wyatt/ The unknown has increased by not knowing who said this subtle quote. I wish the trees had tongues to talk

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Ali Anani Oct 11, 2016 · #31

#29 "I grew up talking to them"- did the trees understand you @Melissa Hefferman? Do you think the trees know what they know? Yes, so much to learn

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Chas Wyatt Oct 11, 2016 · #30

"The oaks and the pines, and their brethren of the wood, have seen so many suns rise and set, so many seasons come and go, and so many generations pass into silence, that we may well wonder what “the story of the trees” would be to us if they had tongues to tell it, or we ears fine enough to understand." ~Author unknown.

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Melissa Hefferman Oct 11, 2016 · #29

Tree leaves speak in whispers. I grew up talking to them. I need to be more like a tree, but sometimes I'm so overly exciteable and passionate! Do I need more resin? Oh well, I guess that's why I'm a nutty human this Life and not a tree. Phew. So much to learn!

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