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The Tree

Posted: Sat Feb 11, 2006 8:50 pm
by Crazy Healer Lady
The Tree

Once upon a time two brothers were hunting and gathering in the deep forest. On this day they ventured further than they had ever gone before. They came upon a tree, the likes of which they had never seen. It was unique among the other trees in the forest, remarkable in its size and very beautiful. There was a lovely fragrance that surrounded it and it bore luscious fruit in prodigious amounts. Some of the ripe fruit had fallen from the tree, so the brothers gathered some of the fruit and sat down to rest under the shade of the tree to sample its taste. The fruit was more delicious than any they had ever eaten and its nutritious value was felt very quickly.

And so they gathered some more of the ripened fruit and made the journey back to their families, to share with the others what they had discovered. After the others had tasted the fruit and heard the brother's accounts of that magnificent tree, they all agreed that they would gather their belongings and follow the brothers to the location of the tree and establish their dwellings there. And they did so.

And so, after many generations the two families had grown into many very large clans, all the families living in the area of the beautiful and magnificent tree. There was always more than enough fruit to satisfy each and every person and they lived in harmony, all enjoying the sustenance that the tree provided.

Over the years differing legends and stories developed over how the brothers had discovered the tree, and which brother first saw it and whose decision it was to move the families to the location of the tree. Also, over time, different names for the tree and its fruit were established among the various clans. Even though the tree had always provided more than enough fruit for all, suspicions and fear grew among the various clans, each fearing that the others would gather too much fruit and that there would not be enough to go around. Arguments arose and boundaries were set by the differing clans, so that no one should go into another's area and take fruit or build lodgings that might infringe on the protected boundaries. But among the clans the boundaries were disputed and there were arguments and fighting over what was the true boundary and what was the true and correct name of the tree. Over time the disagreements became increasingly hostile and people were hurt and even killed over the disputes over boundaries and over the correct and true name of the tree and its fruit. And so the wonderful harmony, peace and cooperation that were once enjoyed were now, seemingly, hopelessly, lost.

After many years of devastation, in the attempt to restore at least some civility, delegations were formed by the various clans and they tried to meet, in the attempt to find some resolution. But it was almost impossible to agree on where and when they would meet and many of the clans would not meet unless the other clans would agree with them, on what was the true name and nature of the tree. Each holding firm that the name by which they called the tree was the only true and correct name and unless the other clans adopted their special name for the tree they could never find a peaceful resolution and furthermore they did not want to risk polluting the truth with the other's ideas and errors, for each was convinced that it was their allegiance to the correct name of the tree that satisfied the requirements necessary to continue to receive the benefits the tree offered, there were even a few within each clan that didn't think the tree so special and thought it should be cut down, and so the hostility and fighting continued.

But there was one that remained unchanging in the midst of all the hostility and confusion. It still continued to give its beauty, its shade, and its fruit to all, indiscriminately, The Tree.
Tim Cassidy

Posted: Sun Feb 12, 2006 4:17 pm
by Willow
Yay, you posted it...

such a good story....

Posted: Sun Feb 12, 2006 6:45 pm
by Crazy Healer Lady
Yes I did! Thanks for the suggestion!


Posted: Mon Feb 13, 2006 12:00 pm
by white_harmony
Awe, such a nice little story!

Posted: Wed Feb 15, 2006 8:29 am
by Artemisblessed
this rings a bell somehow...nice satire-thingy, beautiful story! =D>

Posted: Wed Feb 15, 2006 8:43 am
by Stormy
A beautiful story to illustrate one of the ugliest things about humanity. Very profound. Thank you for sharing this with us.