Aug 21, 2017 constellations of croatia
We traveled from the coast to the mountains of Croatia. On the drive we saw signs of the Croat-Bosniak war from the early 90’s. The history was shockingly evident in the present. Hundreds of bullet holes, like constellations sprayed on the front and sides of homes. Still fresh as the day they were made on the houses where families currently live. I felt this dichotomy on the land. Where war had deformed the land and where piercing light blue water had carved out a beautiful landscape of streams and waterfalls. I see the land is stoically resilient.
For some reason as I drove through this conflicted land I thought of the African acacia tree and it’s ability to protect. The tree creates a poisonous chemical when it detects an “assault.” When this happens the tree will warn it’s nearby neighbors, other acacia trees, of predators, and in turn they will start making their own poison. The poison is made in the leaves and released by a gas, which drifts out of their pores toward bordering trees. These trees have a commitment to help their neighbor. Why would a tree do that? I know it’s evolution, will human kind evolve from violence to peace? Can we instinctively want to help our neighbor not harm them? I’ve got the Barcelona attacks on my mind too and I feel that there is more to life than your own kind. I hope I can learn from the trees and care for whatever community I am in.