I came upon an article talking about Switzerland’s new tree museum, at first I had this wide range of negative reactions. What have we come to? Are we already at a place where we have to house these trees because we have damaged the earth so much? etc etc. The song Pave Paradise by Joni Mitchell (popularized by Counting Crows)
They paved paradise and put up a parking lot
They took all the trees, and put em in a tree museum
And they charged the people a dollar and a half to see them
Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you got till it’s gone
They paved paradise, and put up a parking lot
But as I was thinking about this whole concept while taking a shower, which is where I do my best thinking, I realized a few things. First off, Switzerland is generally a pretty low impact place, not great, but not bad. The second thing, the more important thing was thing: A museum is a structure that holds a culture’s/nation’s/etc best achievements. The objects found in museams are held in a very high esteem, they are symbolic of humanity in a way, we find great value in them. They inspire, they drive introspection, they ask questions that many are afraid to ask.
So as I come along this thought line I realize what this Tree Museam stands for. A deep reverence for nature. We are holding these plant, this earth in the highest esteem, we are saying that of everything that man has created, those things in the natural world we hold high on a pedestal. I always wonder if aliens form another world where to come to our planet and look at us after we are gone, what would they think? I think examples like this speak highly for us. That regardless of our innovations, plants are seen as culturally important.