Het bosberaad

Kruf, J.P. (2014). Het Bosberaad. 

Dit groepje bomen is over van wat eens een groot en vooral wijs bos was. Zij zijn de laatst overgeblevenen. Het is dit bosberaad, dat mijn aandacht trok. Zij spraken over hoe zij nu definitief het pad terug wilden vinden. Ik liep even naast Frodo en Sam…

“As they listened, they began to understand the lives of the Forest, apart from themselves, indeed to feel themselves as the strangers where all other things were at home. […] Tom’s words laid bare the hearts of trees and their thoughts, which were dark and strange, and filled with a hatred of things that go free upon the earth, gnawing, biting, breaking, hacking, burning: destroyers and usurpers. It was not called the Old Forest without reason, for it was indeed ancient, a survivor of vast forgotten woods; and in there lived yet, ageing no quicker than the hills, the fathers of the fathers of trees, remembering times when they were lords. The countless years had filled them with pride and rooted wisdom, and with malice.” – Tolkien (1954).


Over ‘begrip’ en het bos


John Muir:

“The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness.”

Natuurvorser Muir pleit in zijn omvangrijke onderzoek én inspanningen voor de bescherming van natuurgebieden voor begrip en respect voor de complexiteit van ecosystemen.

De kracht van het argument


Jürgen Habermas:

“Niet de status van de spreker, maar de kracht van het argument moet het uitgangspunt vormen van besluitvorming.”

Filosoof Habermas pleit in zijn omvangrijke oeuvre voor een sterke civil society met een goed functionerende publieke ruimte waarin communicatief kan worden gehandeld, door bekritiseerbare argumenten aan te dragen en te zoeken naar wederzijds begrip.

Sharing knowledge


Lucius Annaeus Seneca:

“Nothing will ever please me, no matter how excellent or beneficial, if I must retain the knowledge of it to myself… and if wisdom were given me under the express condition that it must be kept hidden and not uttered, I should refuse it… No good thing is pleasant to possess, without friends to share it”.

* Letters from a Stoic

The ability of democracy


Quote by Al Gore

“It is now apparent that the climate crisis is posing an unprecedented threat not only to the future livability of the planet but also to our assumptions about the ability of democracy and capitalism to recognize this threat for what it is and respond with appropriate boldness, scope, and urgency. Global warming has been described as the greatest market failure in history. It is also—so far—the biggest failure of democratic governance in history.”

From: Our Choice: Changing the way we think (Chapter 14), 2009.