A Mind That Suits
What doesn't kill me, makes me laugh... usually.
Friday, November 21, 2003 :::
A Mind That Suits has a soft spot for banyan trees. His mother, who met his father in Africa, had a soft spot for them, and he tried to sprout one in a pot for her as she deteriorated from the ravages of Parkinson's.
However, it's life also illustrates a point made last Sunday, that J.-J. Rousseau was seriously wrong about the harmony of nature:
The Banyan Tree can begin it's life in the top branches of palms and other trees where perhaps a bird dropped a seed. The seed sprouts and eventually the branches will send roots down to the ground. These supports will grow into trunks which in turn develop new branches and new arial roots and so on. The original host tree will eventually be strangled out and only the Banyan Tree will remain. The wood of the banyan tree is soft and very porous, the sap is a white sticky latex.