Over the weekend, a friend of mine posted this quote online:
I think tree houses are really insensitive, it’s like killing something and making one of its friends hold it.
Is a tree house cruel and unusual punishment?
The first argument would be that tree’s aren’t people, they don’t have feelings and don’t notice things like branches, planks and rope bridges. But ask a faery, an elf, or a wood sprite and you’ll get a different answer. Of course trees feel. Better yet, go to Fern Gully and help defeat Tim Curry. He really needs to get a few roles that aren’t the bad guy.
As an “activist” I fall in the category of I care about my impact on the environment, and I’ll do the things I can if it’s not crazy expensive or 110% inconvenient. I think that’s a good way to handle things. And I think there are ways to work with nature that don’t damage it, but sometimes a tree just grew perfectly for a swing.
This one looks particularly awesome. If only we could afford water-front property so I could get one of these. I can already see myself with a pitcher of raspberry lemonade and my laptop writing my second novel here (assuming I finish my first before we move…).
So, before I get onto a reduce, reuse, recycle soapbox, what do you think about tree houses? Is this taking environmentalism too far?