Some people believe trees to be sentient beings. Like for example the beautiful old oak that’s stood for hundreds of years. What must those trees have seen? Certain religious groups use trees as energy points believing them to possess magical healing powers but what actually makes them sentient? In Buddhism, sentient beings are beings with consciousness, sentience, or in some contexts life itself. Sentient beings are composed of the five aggregates, or skandhas: matter, sensation, perception, mental formations and consciousness. Trees according to Buddhism, are qualitatively different from humans and sentient nonhumans, in that they are certainly alive, but they don’t have interests or the ability to learn from experience. A tree may react to sunlight, water, the changing seasons and other stimuli etc but that does not necessarily mean it’s sentient.
What are your thoughts on the subject? Let’s have a conversation! – Are trees sentient beings? If so why?
The short powerful & thought provoking piece you’re about to read, was taken from a book called ‘Thoughts on Life.’ It’s about situations that can happen to any one of us at any time – But this one’s specifically about you! Please share your thoughts….
You have recently been diagnosed with a terminal illness & given an estimated 3 months to live. In a very short time you will be confined to your bed as your body becomes too weak to walk. The Job you once did so well, from which you commanded such respect, is now no longer viable and must be allocated to someone else, someone in good health. That person will replace you in a team that became almost family to you over the years. None of the beautiful clothes you’ve got hanging in the closet fit any longer, so most of them can be taken to a charity shop or homeless shelter for someone else to wear. Staring longingly at those outfits, oh what you’d give for one last chance to party, to really let go. The man/woman you once made passionate love with, that person who couldn’t take their eyes you, has now become your carer – feeding you, bathing you and seeing you in ways they never have before. You know deep down, even though they swear they can’t live without you – they will. When you’re gone, the love of your life will most likely meet someone else and life will carry on in the same crazy competitive way it does now. Your kids will grow up and marry, and everything you own now, all your treasured possessions & photographs etc will belong to another person (a complete stranger) or simply be thrown in the trash – and you will be no more than a beautiful memory to everyone you knew – fading with time.
When everything that once defined you has been stripped away, as you lay there raw & vulnerable all that remains is the question – Who Am I Really?