"A tree is like a sculpture; it occupies space in aesthetically interesting ways. But in traditional sculpture, there is always a discernible difference between the raw material and the form that has been purposefully imposed on that material. With a real tree, there is no such distinction. God may have made the tree, but he did not make it out of some nontree substance the way a sculptor can make the image of a human being out of a nonhuman material like clay or marble "
"In one of our religious books it is written that a tree is like ten children because it gives ten valuable things: oxygen, water, energy, food, clothes,timber, herbs, fodder, flowers and shade."
"Many people never stop to realize that a tree is a living thing, not that different from a tall, leafy dog that has roots and is very quiet. "
"A tree is like a muscular body rising from the earth and reaching with its fingers into the clouds. The trunk grips the earth with tenacity, anchoring the tree and absorbing nutrition from the soil beneath. A complex system of veins and arteries run through it, carrying that nutrition from the deepest roots to the highest tip of the tiniest leaf. A tree is a mysterious world into which a person might climb and live happily, at least in his mind. "
"This boundary is called the Abyss because the transformation that happens here when ascending the Tree is like stepping into an abyss, into a void, into an emptiness of the mind."
"Calling a Christmas tree a holiday tree is like calling a menorah a holiday candelabra. It's ridiculous."
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