“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
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.