A contrast in overall objectives


“If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer. But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen.”  —  Henry David Thoreau

What you see here is the aftermath of a tree surgery gone terribly awry. The surgeon was a municipal hack following a strict time schedule and not a professional with the tree’s general health and overall welfare in mind.

In life there are many ways to visually contrast one item from another: size, shape, smoothness or roughness; aroma, and overall esthetic appeal. 

We are visual creatures ruled not only by our intellect but by our five senses. If something does not seem right we instinctively sense the awkwardness of the moment and experience a queasy sensation in the pit of our stomachs.

The surgical butchery inflicted upon  the tree in the photo above and the abject indifference of the municipal crew contracted to perform such a sloppy and mindless act is surely one of those moments that should truly raise the hackles on the back of your neck.

To misquote Gertrude Stein ” a tree..is a tree…is a tree”. True enough. Operating on such an inanimate object should not cause too much public concern or disgust. But our ability to empathise should cause us to pause at least momentarily and wonder about the approved actions of our fellow-men. 

The contrast between sense and non sense is often times indistinguishable.



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4 Comments on A contrast in overall objectives

  1. Wow. That is such a sad sight, Gerry. Too bad someone can’t complain about this butcher job.

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    • I agree with you Lois. The workers were hired by the school board. In that case it is tough to fight city hall. Thanks for your comments. Enjoy the day.


  2. I NEVER will understand why some twit attacks a defenseless tree to prune it into some preconceived and undoubtedly ugly design. The tree knows what it is doing. Leave it the %$@# alone would be my remark to the butcher. Now if the tree is interfering with power lines or is diseased and pruning it so will save it’s life, well that’s another matter (although the power line thing is certainly open for debate…the tree was there first after all).

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    • The tree in question was not near any power line. It was in a schoolyard. It is possible that the school principal felt that it posed a danger to the children. But the way the tree was trimmed was outrageous. Thank you for your comments. Enjoy the day.


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