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Humans And Trees | Are We Similar?

A few weeks ago during hiking, a random thought occurred in my mind.  Are humans and trees alike? Yes. They are. And how is that?

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Can you think of a few? Here are two similarities between humans and trees.

  • Uniqueness

No two humans are alike. Even twins differ. Differ in temperament, outlook, and thoughts despite possessing similar outward appearance and features. Our fingerprints are unique which is why biometric thumb impression is considered to be one of the most effective ways to identify a person. Retina scan is another alternative to identify someone.

In a similar way, trees from the same species differ in their appearance, height, leaves, fruits, and roots among other things. Each tree has a unique ring pattern in its tree trunk which denotes its unique DNA. Haven’t we come across a difference in the taste of fruits borne by the neighboring tree?

  • Mortality

Both humans and trees are mortal. Like humans, the tree expectancy varies from species to species. Some trees are known to live for hundreds of years but that’s impossible for humans. While 60-80 years is common, a life expectancy of around 100+ years is rare. As much as we are influenced by our atmosphere so are trees. Pollution in the environment affects both trees and human lives. Neither of us is mortal.

I’m sure there are many more similarities. Can you add a few more?

P.S. I captured the above picture during a hiking trip excursion near Jaipur. I’m a part of a hiking group in Jaipur who get together on a weekend to trek in nearby locations. The common motive that binds us together is love for hiking and watching the sunrise.

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58 thoughts on “Humans And Trees | Are We Similar?

  1. Trees connect with each other and communicate through roots much as we humans need to connect with each other. We share 25% of our genes with trees so we are cousins in that respect. I also believe trees have emotions like us, their way of expression may be different. In our home garden, I have always felt the plants and trees are sad when my father isn’t around.
    Lastly, am sure you’ll agree trees are so much better than us humans in so many respects 🙂

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    1. I think the first two aspects are something new for me. Thanks for sharing, Neel.
      Well, if you can sense the sadness in trees and plants, that’s incredible.
      Yes, trees are better because they don’t cause devastation in ecology by elimination other species both plant and animals. If that is what you meant, Neel.

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  2. Trees are living beings. Like artery and vein in humans, trees have Xylem and Phloem to carry nutrients. There must be microscopic and molecular level signatures that may be unique to a tree.

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      1. True. Acharya J C Bose had shown trees feel pain also. Though it seems data was not reproducible always, we now know that plants respond to touch and plants that are carnivores. Everything in this world is conscious, degree of manifestation differs.

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  3. We and trees share one most important aspect in common. We are both living organisms and seek the light we depend on for healthy living. Thoughts like these you get on your nature walks, where you have time to reflect. Thank you for your great insight and picture, Arv!

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    1. Certainly. Yes, you are right that one gets such thoughts on nature trail or hiking because you can cut from the rest of the world and think on a different level. I’m glad we share the common interest – nature. One of your best series is wednesday post which lets us enjoy scenes from your part of the world. 🙂
      Thanks for shaing your thoughts!

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  4. Ruskin Bond makes the same observation in one of his stories…he compares a young child to a mimosa plant, which grows at the same pace as human beings if they are nurtured and not cut down.
    Some trees inspire like some persons, some make you smile with their fragrance, some are thorny just like difficult people. Do you remember the couplets of Kabir? Bada huya to Keaya huya jaise pedh khajoor… 🙂

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    1. I enjoyed reading your comment because it offers a great insight. Well, this information about Ruskin Bond is something new for me. Yes, I do remember this famous line of Kabir. It was quoted a lot during my growing up years but haven’t heard this lately.

      I really like your comparison of trees with people – difficult and inspirational people. This is so true. In a way, our journey of life is similar to the road where we come across all sorts of trees. Thanks for sharing your perspective. It was definitely insightful. 🙂

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  5. Beautiful post. I love the parallels you draw. I also feel we humans can learn so much from trees. On being rooted. We practise a grounding exercise in reiki where we imagine roots growing out of our limbs and grounding us to Mother Earth. Just the way tress do.

    Trees also teach us to stand steadfast irrespective of external circumstances, come wind, rain, storm or hail.
    Trees impart us with great lessons in nurturing, by letting us rest in their shade, giving us their fruits of labour and every aspect of their being, that can be used for some benefit to humans.

    Trees are all about love, compassion and the art of giving and letting go.
    They are our life force.

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful thoughts, Arvind and also for letting ours flow.

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    1. I had no idea about this theory in Reiki. It is true that trees impart us a great lesson. I don’t think we can imagine our lives without trees around.

      Thanks for adding more to my words, Natasha. By the way, happy to hear about your new assignment. Certainly, this organisation is one of the leading one in wildlife travel category. All the best!

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  6. As mentioned in the above comments, trees and humans resemble in different ways. I think we need to learn a lot from trees– the patience they show in the early stages, the way they shelter insects, birds, small animals, they provide us with fruits and flowers without complaining or seeking anything in return, they always soar upwards in search of light.

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    1. You are absolutely right, Maniparna. We have a lot to learn from trees. Above everything, how to coexist with other beings is vital because we humans have started destroying other species and that includes trees as well.
      Thanks for your insights, Maniparna

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  7. Great post!:) Wanted to see if I could add a few things… Both of them have life. This means that they can feel everything. Hurting either of them is not justifiable… Both of them, under most circumstances, are down to the earth..

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    1. Thanks for adding these points. The only thing I would like to add is that some of us are one of the most ferocious species on this planet. We are responsible for wiping out many other species for our gains. But, yes most human being are good and don’t have malafide intentions. Thanks for adding. Do you love trees?

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      1. My pleasure!:) I found the question very interesting… Yeah actually, if there were more bad people than good, we all would probably not be alive!
        Yes, of course. I love trees and plants… I have 30 saplings at home… I water them everyday. They’re beautiful! I just love it when they grow into flowers and then fruits…
        Love and hugs!:)

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      2. I’m happy to know that you found it interesting. If you have so many saplings, it definitely means you are a tree lover.
        Happy to e-meet you. Are you following my blog? If not how did you stumble on this post?

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      1. Absolutely true. We humans have always looked at things with a greedy eye and we have always trespassed what is rightfully not ours. Just because we have mind and means to own it through all the means doesn’t make us rightful owner. Thanks for adding this perspective, Christian 🙂

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  8. What a beautiful post Arv! I admire how rooted trees are and how deep their roots grow. We humans are similar with our ties I believe.
    I also like the idea of watching the sunrise while hiking!

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    1. Christian, it is all about making connections. I never went searching for a group. I was doing solo hikes and one of my friend introduced me to like-minded people. It is a chance event.

      Good wishes as you move to Beijing. Moving for work, Christian?

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  9. I am a photographer and spend a lot of time in a nearby forest where I have fallen in love with a few trees there and care deeply for them all. Some just touch my heart. I have no idea why a few are more special to me than others. So many of the trees are suffering from insect infestation and invasive vines that are suffocating them. It is so hard to see these trees dying and no one is willing to something to save them. I have recently gotten the book The Hidden Life of Trees though I haven’t finished reading it yet. I have long suspected there is more to trees than just huge hunks of standing wood. I knew they are aware of the world around him and wondered if they feel pain or touch. Thank you for starting this discussion on this topic.

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    1. Sharon, it is true that trees have life of their own. They have feelings and they respond. here have been many experiments that prove this.

      I’m glad you found a way to this post. How did you find this post? I would love to see your pictures of trees and woods. Where are you based?

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      1. Thank you for your reply. I found this last night on Twitter. I was so thrilled to find it because of my affection for trees. You can view my photography at FineArtAmerica. com/profiles/sharon-mayhak There are also sunsets/sunrises which I also enjoy but there are a lot of trees as well. There is an old oak tree and one I call Big Pine that are featured heavily as they are my favorites of them all. I wish the Department of Conservation and Recreation would do more to protect this forest as it is terribly damaged from bug infestation and vines that are choking the trees. The photographs showing damage aren’t in my portfolio. Does anyone here think trees can feel your touch? Of often put my hands on the trunk of the old oak and wonder if it is aware of that? They had planned to take that tree down because of its age and it is showing signs of trouble but in general it appears to be ok. I spoke to the ranger about it and he removed the pink plastic band they had used to mark it to be removed. It sounds crazy but I go there and talk to that tree and wonder if it is aware of my presence. I feel empowered that I was able to save its life. By the way, I kept the pink ribbon when he took it off the tree and it reminds me of what just one person can do to help. Have a good weekend everyone.

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      2. Thanks, Sharon for sharing this story. I’m glad you granted another life to the old tree. Your pictures are beautiful and I’m happy you are showing the beauty of nature from your part of the world. One of your picture The tree by the pond is an amazing one; I loved it. Even Low hanging maple is also a great capture. like your compositions. Have you been clicking for many years? I’m kind of curious about the picture of Freddie Mercury in your profile. 🙂

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      3. Thank you for responding and for your kind words regarding my photography. It seems people in general aren’t that caught up in my trees so I look for other glimpses of nature to capture. I love sunrises more than sunsets and they are well accepted. The tree and the pond photo you mentioned is in a different forest from the one I’m so attached to. That one is in much worse condition and if they took down all the dead and damaged trees I’m not sure it could still be considered a forest. That part of Cape Cod has more tree damage from winter storms and ocean storms plus the bugs and vines of course. Very sad to see so I avoid going there. Low Hanging Maple…it’s a tree in a cemetery actually. It’s always quiet to work there. Let’s see…my start in photography was in 1976 when I got my first 35 mm camera..went to college for art/photography and should have gone to an art school instead. I had given it up for a number of years when I was just too sick to think about it. I was pretty much bedridden and I gave away my cameras, etc. I was sure I would never return to it. But about 3 years ago I began to recover. I got another camera and decided photography was going to save my life. Walking is slightly better for me now but I have so much trouble getting around…it’s not stopping me though. Where there’s a will…you find a way or an excuse and I have no excuses. Freddie…ah yes. Long story short…when the movie Bohemian Rhapsody was released I used his photo for my avatar in support of the movie…then to mark the date of his passing…then Worldwide ADIS day…then the Academy Awards which is tonight. I planned to replace the photo tonight but I’ve gotten used to see it there so I don’t know…?? Have a wonderful week, Arv.

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      4. Thanks Sharon for all that insight. I think nature is quite resilient if humans don’t temper with it. I beleive all those trees that you see suffering , nature must have planned something. I love sunrises too; sunsets? well, I don’t get much opportunity to see them. I must say that your pictures are stunning, Sharon. Well, you have been photographing for so long.I’m happy to know that you returned to camera eventually. May be that was destined to be. I will be happy to see your pictures instead of Freddie! Why? I think that is a better way to connect than using something else. Are you on Facebook, Sharon?

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  10. Beautiful picture and I agree that in a lot of ways, trees and human are similar. We are all rooted to our family or where we come from or values but we grow in many directions . It depends where the sun light comes from. Thank you for sharing the link, Arvind. I think you forgot a pingback and that’s why I did not get to know. Glad you mentioned on the comment and I was able to read your post.

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    1. Yes, Parul, Thanks for adding that we are as rooted as trees. Certainly, we grow in different directions and ways like trees. May be you are right Parul, may be I forgot to add the link.
      Thanks for reading and sharing your views, Parul 🙂

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  11. This very profound question of yours comes so naturally as we navigate the midst of nature but we rarely doing so in today’s digital age. The walk in the park. Thus by proposing this discussion from a walk in the nature makes such a huge difference in the way we look at our life, our perspective changes…the reflection and the musing that makes every walk of ours a talk with ourselves that is so essential in nurturing our nature. The very existence of human beings are rooted in the presence of trees, we are deeply rooted in deep seated prejudices and perfidiously we have taken trees for granted, and we are unabashedly contesting that coexistence and creating that flamed zone of conflict. Ultimately we are the looser…

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    1. You are right, Nihar. We have little time to even think about the presence of trees around us or what impact they have in our lives. That’s one reason why I feel every child should visit forest or garden on a regular basis. It helps them to improve observation power and inquisitiveness. Unless, humans accept that coexistence is necessary for survival, we will be digging our own graves! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Nihar!

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      1. Indeed, children should be taken more often to the world of nature and they are simply moving away from the garden of learning and literally it is the garden, the park, the forest and the surrounding where the learning gets the solid grounding but we confine children in the classroom, and then the digital world is confining them when they are back home…
        😀

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