Ask A Tree

Words from Thich Nhat Hanh:

Several autumns ago, I walked up to the pine tree in my backyard and asked it one question:

“What is institutional violence?”

The tree did not answer right away. So I sat at its roots and waited. The backyard was covered with brilliantly colored leaves, the air was fresh, and suddenly I forgot that I was waiting for an answer. The tree and I were just there, enjoying ourselves and each other.

After sitting for along time, I turned to the tree, smiled, and said, “I no longer need an answer.” Then I thanked it and awarded it the Grand Transnational Peace Prize.

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