Have you ever seen a mountain side with a dozen or so pine trees that look like they've seen better days? The rest of the pine trees are healthy and flourishing- but those few scattered throughout are really noticeable. Very rarely do you see that with Aspen trees. Aspen trees are either all healthy or all dead. That's because their root systems are independent of one another. If one goes bad then it eventually dies and because nutrients for the other trees. Aspen trees have a root system that is connected. One Aspen tree gets a disease and the whole lot is affected.
Advantages to both I'm guessing. I like the idea of being a Pine tree- independent of the culture and other negativity that surrounds me. Not affected by that crisis or this crisis. However, being an Aspen tree sounds like it could be a good deal too. If the trees are healthy the connecting root system brings health and life.
Trees grow where they are planted. They have no choice. I have a choice.
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