Maria Popova (@brainpicker) points us to a marvelous passage from Herman Hesse's Bäume: Betrachtungen und Gedichte (Trees: Reflections and Poems). Here's a bit of the passage. Head over to Brain Pickings for the rest.
Hermann Hesse (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life.I am still learning to speak to trees and to listen to them. I have not learned the truth.