A pig ate his fill of acorns under an oak tree and then started to root around the tree.
A crow remarked,’ You should not do this. If you lay bare the roots, the tree will wither and die.’
‘Let it die,’ said the pig. ‘Who cares so long as there are acorns?’

 

[adapted from a fable by Andrew Krylov in the article quoted below]

 

Yawning at the apocalypse is the title of an article I’ve just read in ‘the psychologist’ magazine , written by Cameron Brick and Sander van der Linden, on how psychologists can help solve the largest social dilemma in history – climate change.

Here’s a couple of short quotes: 

‘… as an environmental problem climate change is exceptional because its enormous scale will lead to cascading problems across ecosystems, including on agriculture, biodiversity, international conflict and human health health and thriving’. 

 

‘Now that the physical science is clear, the fundamental problem of climate change is psychological. How will humans manage the largest social dilemma in history?’

 

 

 

A Poem: The Sow Under The Oak Tree
A poem by Ivan Andreyevich Krylov, translated by Yana Kane

Beneath an oak a sow pigged out on acorns,
Then napped under the shady canopy,
At last, refreshed, she set her snout to digging,
Baring the roots that fed the ancient tree.

“Stop! Stop!” called out a raven from the branches.
“The oak tree’s roots are damaged when you dig.”
“What do I care if this useless stump does wither?
Acorns are all I’m after,” said the pig.

The oak tree’s voice then joined the conversation.
“Ingrate!” said to the swine the mighty tree,
“If you could lift your snout up from your grubbing,
You’d see that all the acorns come from me.”

——-

An ignoramus mocking education,
Scoffing at science, is blind just like that sow,
Failing to see that on the tree of knowledge
Ripened the comforts he’s enjoying now.

 

see moorland trees 

 

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