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”
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.