I planted a tree

He who hasn’t plant a tree in his lifetime has wasted his life.

NZ pine treeA.P.Chekhov  

Well I lived a rich and fulfilling life by this measure since I’ve planted many, many trees. The word here however is

about one particular tree I planted few years ago.

It was about 5 ft. tall when I bought it from the nursery. Some sort of a pine tree with very short and very dense needles. Not native here in California. I saw it in many places in New Zealand. Maybe it is native over there. Who knows. Anyhow I gave it a nice spot in our back yard plus dedicated watering spout and nutrients. Everything by the book. All the tree needed to do is to grow. It did grow indeed, in a strange way however. Every time the tree grew by say 1 ft. the top of it would lean dramatically sideways as it was broken. I needed to provide supporting poles all the time in order to keep it straight. As the tree grew higher and higher I needed to provide longer and longer poles. This became a challenge when the tree grew to 8 ft height and beyond. So I said “enough is enough my dear tree you are on your own from now” and I stopped adding support.

Guess what. After loosing my artificial support and realizing that  it is on its own, the tree stopped leaning its top. It grows straight and healthy now. It is beautiful to look at. The old poles are still there reminding of the difficult old times.

Don’t you think that our children are like that? They can’t live without our monthly check. When the checks stop coming they somehow take their faith in their own hands and grow strong and beautiful.

Let it be.

Sunnis want to live separately from Shiites. Let it be.

Russians want to live separately from Ukrainians. Let it be.

Desert tribes in Lybia want to be each on its own . Let it be.

Afghans want something else. Let it be.

Why the commitment to some borders that are not eternal and God given by any means? If those borders were so dear to us than why did we disrupt them in the first place by toppling the dictators who were taking such good care of them.

Why did we break Yugoslavia forcefully into 6 separate countries along ethnical and religious borders and why breaking Ukraine or Iraq is so dreadful and unthinkable. The U.S. has spent $1,560 Billion (and going ) on wars since 2001. Take this money and put it in developing new energy sources and nutrients and we won’t need the oil of Iraq or the wheat of Ukraine. Put the money into fixing the old and developing new infrastructure here in the U.S. Put it in education. Develop new materials and energy sources. Explore the space. Take care of the environment and  the climate change. Improve our quality of life. Show all those separatists that unification is good. Show them that a plumber in the U.S. lives better than a tribal king in Sahara and they will follow the road to unification, democracy and prosperity. Lead by example not by force. If we don’t mess with their lives and don’t tell them how to live and where to set the borders than maybe they will not hate us so much and won’t be such a threat to us. If we care so much about freedom why don’t we give these folks the freedom to choose where and how to live.

Let it be !