If A Tree Falls In The Forest …

Bolt of lightening strikes a big tree in a rainstorm … WHACKKKKK !  ‘Ground shakes, tree falls, crashes.  The philosophical question, from long ago:

“If a tree falls in the forest, does anybody hear?”

Bruce Cockburn performed a song, Toronto 1988, “If A Tree Falls”

World of Wonders (Bruce Cockburn album)
World of Wonders (Bruce Cockburn album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The chorus of the “If A Tree Falls” goes like this: “If a tree falls in the forest, does anybody hear?  Does anybody hear?” The song is about the rainforests being destroyed.  Cockburn is a wildman who fights for the preservation of our resources.  Trees are beautiful and should be respected and protected.

What about a man? If a man falls in the forest, does anybody hear?  If a man falls, if a man is wounded, does anybody hear?  Does anybody help him up?  This question also goes for a woman: if a woman falls in the forest, or in a battle, does anybody hear?  Does anybody help her up?

A man wants to be heard; he does not want to be dismissed … or simply tolerated.  He wants to know that his life means something, that his words mean something.  But maybe a man does fall in the forest, and no one hears.

Here is another piece in all of this wildness.  A man wants be heard.  But a man needs to learn how to listen.  A man needs to hear … the winds that howl through Antarctica; the fox that sings a haunting song in the forest at night when I should be sleeping; a tree that falls in the forest.

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