The hidden life of trees

If you’ve always believed that trees are static, that they can’t do anything else but grow. But you’re open to have your mind blown, then this is the book for you. 

Peter Wohlleben takes you on a journey through the forest and shows you things you’ve never seen before. The things we can’t notice because we’re not equipped to register and the things we can experience as long as we open up to it.

A big part of humanity has detached itself from nature in the last few 100’s of years.

Placed itself above all other living creatings. For a “while” even above people with a different skin color (which is still lingering). Resulting in a stance that only we are the ones who can communicate and feel. All other life is just existing foru our purpose.

Luckily these ideas are changing for the majority of people. I feel like I’m on really thin ice now. I don’t want to seem to be comparing racism to plants. I just want to point out that we can change how we look at the world around us, because we’ve done that so many times. Just because you’ve never heard about it or seen proof, doesn’t mean that it isn’t there.

Can you imagine that trees feel pain?

Do you believe that plants have a family life?

Can trees struggle when they live in a place they can’t call home?

Peter answers these questions in his book with the help of research done all over the world. The research done so far is just the tip of the iceberg and I’m curious to see where it leads to in the future. Will we change our behaviour towards plans? Only time can tell.

What I liked most about the book is how the writer describes the way trees grow up. How they have family systems, that trees go through different phases in life and experience some kind of puberty. And what happens to them when they have to grow up in a place that they’re unfamiliar with. The thing that surprised me most is that they do have the ability to learn. 

How that all works is something you have to read in the book, because I won’t do it justice. I hope you get the chance to have your view widend by reading this book. I’d love to hear what you think once you’ve read it.

As always, I’ve read this book as an audiobook in Dutch.

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