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The Backstory

It was an afternoon in the middle of spring. A mage stood still, somewhat confused by the dream he had the previous night and its mysteries…

He grabbed a pair of boots, his staff and a pouch full of seeds given to him by his father several summers ago, just before he died. Clutching the bag, he had flashbacks of the dream;

He stood before a tree in the middle of the land. Its height was enormous. The tree grew large and strong, and its top touched the sky; it was visible to the ends of the earth. Its leaves were beautiful, and various fruits offered something for all. Under it, the wild animals found shelter, and the birds lived in its branches; every creature could feed from it. Then he heard a voice saying: ‘Cut down the tree and trim off its branches; strip off its leaves and scatter its fruit. Let the animals flee from under it and the birds from its branches. But let the stump and its roots, bound with iron and bronze, remain in the ground, in the field’s grass.”

Afterwards, he saw the tree begin to wither as the voice suggested; he saw what appeared to be shadows of individuals walking to and from the tree, taking from it as it began to lose all the elements that seemed to add life and beauty to it. As he watched, he realised that most, if not all, of the faces were familiar to him. Finally, as he approached, he saw someone like his father holding fruits and branches collected from the tree in the distance. 

“Father! He shouted.” As he ran towards him, his father approached him calmly, handed him a pouch, and told him, “Son, plant these, nurture them! They will give you what you need when you need it”. 

He had always thought it was just a bag of seeds, but his father was not a farmer and hadn’t left him anything of value besides his words. Cherishing these seeds, he had kept them for the symbolism of what his father represented to him but decided this morning to act on the dream by planting it in a forest close to his home town.

The philosophy behind the story:

An awareness of becoming is revealed to one’s consciousness – a becoming that takes place when the mind has been given the freedom to reimagine its nature of existence, and consequently reshape the environment it finds itself operating in – imposing a new layer of meaning.

Social construct emphasises the continuity of the collective more than the individual. This dynamic presents an ideology that presents the individual as sacrificial for the sake of the group, an ideology subconsciously imposed on the individual who begins to formulate their own identity based on the necessity of their role for the collective.

Correcting the need for a sacrificial persona within the context of the collective doesn’t necessarily require a breakdown of the collective but a reformed (re-informed) mind in the individual to be able to repurpose the nature of this dynamic so that existence serves both the ambitions of the individual and the needs of the collective with a meaning-adding approach as a symbiotic process.

In nature, nothing exists without an intended purpose or function; and this often has multiple facets. The nature of a thing such as a person or in the context of this book, a tree – lies within how everything external to it interacts with it and its properties. To this end, self-identification outside of the environment may introduce a false sense of purpose, if explicitly measured by relatively contributed value to others. If the centre point of the search is to establish a meaning for existence internally, then such a being must also consider the nature of its purpose in the context of what it needs from its environment to be sustained; A tree’s focus shifts from the people taking fruits and branches from it to the sun, soil and water that also sustain it.