But, the crisis has been averted for now–one wonders if that was just because none of these people wanted to be credited with shutting down the government.
This does actually relate to the trees. I find, in my talks with them, that they are, in the main, remarkably lacking in judgment and anger. Essentially, they see the unfolding of human events as part of the process of evolution–not quite an "It's meant to be!" attitude, but more that humans are also part of the life of the planet (although it may not always seem that way), and have a place and function in its future.
In my search for interesting information about the trees in my book, I have come across the use of the term "migration" in relation to plant species. I'm familiar with the migration of animals–birds flying north in summer, south in winter; huge herds of African beasts crossing thousands of miles, in harmony with seasonal abundance or lack–but the idea that plant species move thousands of miles to reach territory more favorable to their survival hadn't occurred to me. But it makes sense: tree growth, even in ones that are considered fast-growing, is pretty glacial, compared to most animal species. It stands to reason that trees would be correspondingly measured in perception of time or the relative significance of global events.
Well, it makes sense to me.