The Philosophy of Bending


canada quebec-snow covers trees
canada quebec-snow covers trees

 The above image is from http://travel2unlimited.com/canadaquebec-vallee-de-phantoms-at-monts-valin-np/.

Legend has it that Quebec, Canada, has a valley that points north on one end and south on the other. There is nothing unusual about the valley. The only thing that catches the eye is that its west slope is covered with pine, cypress, privet, and other trees, while the east slope only has cedar trees.

The reason for this strange arrangement is a puzzle that few people have been able to solve. It was an ordinary couple who accidentally solved this mystery.

It happened during the winter of 1983 when the couple’s marriage was on the verge of breaking up. To rekindle their love, they planned to take a romantic trip. If this worked, they would remain married; if not, they would go through an amicable breakup. 

When they came to this valley, it was snowing heavily. The couple set up tents and watched as the snow continued to fall from the sky. They noticed that the snow on the east slope was heavier and denser than the snow on the west slope due to the unique wind direction.

However, when the snow accumulates to a certain extent on a cedar tree, the cedar’s elastic branches will bend downwards, allowing the snow to fall off them. The cedar is flexible enough that the branches will remain intact.

However, the other herbaceous trees were less flexible, so their branches would break under a load of snow.

Due to the lesser amount of snow on the western side, some trees like pine, cypress, and privet can survive alongside the cedar.

The wife noticed this and said to her husband, “There once must have been a greater variety of trees on the east slope, but the heavy snow destroyed them because they could not bend underneath the snow.”

The husband agreed.

After a while, they realized something and kissed and hugged each other.

“We solved the mystery — you need to take as much pressure as possible from the outside world. When you can’t take it, you need to bend and take a step backward like the cedars so that you don’t get crushed by your difficulties.”

Indeed, bending is not falling and destroying, and it is an art of life. You need to be able to compromise(bend in time) under pressure, or else it will crush you.

Reference:

hlday (2008, Jan. 30) 適時彎曲的哲學-雪松

https://www.timelog.to/a179269442

《适时弯曲的哲学》

加拿大的魁北克有一条南北走向的山谷。山谷没有什么特别之处,惟一能引人注意的是它的西坡长满松、柏、女贞等树,而东坡只有雪松。

这一奇异景观是个谜,许多人不知所以,一直没有令人满意的结论。揭开这个谜的,竟是一对普通的夫妇。

那是1983年的冬天,这对夫妇的婚姻正濒于破裂的边縁。

为了重新找回昔日的爱情,他们打算做一次浪漫之旅,如果能找回就继续生活,如果不能就友好分手。

他们来到这个山谷的时候,下起了大雪。他们撑起帐篷,望着满天飞舞的大雪,发现由于特殊的风向,东坡的雪总比西坡的雪来得大,来得密。不一会儿,雪松上就落了厚厚的一层雪。

不过当雪积到一定的程度,雪松那富有弹性的枝丫就会向下弯曲,直到雪从枝上滑落。这样反覆地积、反覆地弯、反覆地落,雪松完好无损。

可是其他的树,例如那些柘树因没有这个本领,树枝被压断了。

西坡由于雪小,总有些树挺了过来,所以西坡除了雪松,还有柘、柏和女贞这类。

帐篷中的妻子发现这一景观,对丈夫说:「东坡肯定也长过杂树,只是不会弯曲才被大雪摧毁了。」

丈夫点头称是。

不一会,两人像突然明白了什么似的,相互吻着拥抱在一起丈夫兴奋地说:
「我们揭开了一个谜──对于外界的压力要尽可能地去承受,在承受不了的时候,学会弯曲一下,像雪松一样让一步,这样就不会被压垮了。」

确实,弯曲不是倒下和毁灭,它是人生的一门艺术。我們需要能够在压力下妥协(适时弯曲),否则它将摧毁我們。

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