|I found this word on wordables.com and it really describes who I am, the essence of me (at least when I am not on the water on my kayak or my sailboat)|
When we moved into our neighborhood, now 17 years ago, and we walked that area, the trees were freshly planted. At that time we could literally look over the tree canopy to the other side. They were very dense, so dense that you could barely move through them. That became increasingly clear when the trees got bigger. The trunks were so close together that you had to move sideways between the trees to get through the stand of trees. They were as close together as the hair on the back of a dog, hence the words "dog-hair" stand!
Slowly some of the trees started to die off; they died from the lack of light and room for their roots and branches to grow. Now the trees are relatively large; I would think at least 30 feet. They are still dense and the trunks are thin and spindly. A forester would say that the stand is ready for a thinning cut. They thin the forest out to reduce the competition, reduce the number of trunks per acre (or hectare) and this allows the remaining trunks to thicken and the trees to thrive. It is called forest management.
|The "dog hair" stand of trees in the woods behind our home. This stand is maybe 20 years old and ready to get thinned.|
I strongly feel that like that forest that need management our country needs sensible regulations, health care and education. The cutting of programs and deregulation is not going to work for everyone, just like that "dog-hair" stand, In 1798 Malthus wrote about an eventual over-population that would result in famine and disease that would cause the end of human civilization. Many conservatives have always counter-argued that human inventiveness would keep up with the population explosion (I am oversimplifying here). I don't know, but why even argue? Some scientists say we are close to reaching the carrying capacity of the earth or the number of people that the earth can support. Why turn our future generations into that human "dog-hair" stand on earth and put them all at risk? I believe we can avoid this, but not in the spirit of less regulations and everybody for themselves, but instead with more education, better healthcare for everyone, science, a cleaner environment and empathy.
And that is what I sometimes do when I walk in the woods, I think and brood, and then I ramble.