Are we a mass of separate individuals clawing through existence for our own self interest? Or is there some kind of patch work miracle that connects us?
In Pando, 47,000 Quaking Aspen trees are all connected by one, giant root structure.
Each tree - unique in its appearance. The entire forest - a single, living organism.
It’s a beautiful thing, the idea that we can live in harmony and exist next to each other — together.
[NOTE - some of the next lines will be replaced by user-submitted testimonial videos we have already received]
We all descend from a specific set of cells - a mitochondrial Eve and a Biological Adam.
99.9% identical in our genetic makeup.
Our unique features are what make us individuals.
0.1% our own person.
But there’s another reality.
Deep in eastern Oregon, lives another massive organism.
Spanning 2200 acres, the Honey Mushroom spreads underground like an undetectable parasite, leaving large groves of dead trees in its wake.
It kills by feeding off the water and nutrients in their roots.
Do humans resemble the harmonious nature of the Pando Forest? Or are we leeches like the Honey Mushroom?
[NOTE - many of the following lines are ideas that have been submitted by writing from the HitRECord community]
Our greatest commonalities are in our ability to empathize our experiences.
Shared moments of quiet sadness when our breath is vacant.
Learning to smile as we come to the realization that we are loved.
Pando is the small acts of kindness we do for one another, the relief we provide when people are in need; it’s smiling at a stranger on the bus.
When one tree gets sick, the roots feed it additional nutrients to nurse it back to health.
Or are we something very different?
The human race continues to grow at an exponential rate; sapping Earth’s resources.
Will the honey mushroom, like us, run out of forest to consume and be the cause of its own demise?
Does our connection to each other offer hope for our survival? Or a hint to our future apocalypse?
Which is it?
Are humans the Pando clone? Or are we the Honey Mushroom? (excerpt user submitted video)
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