The Parable of the Great Tree

We wrote this parable as our journey continued into its second year. I had not realized how much truth is written in this tale, and every time I read it, I learn a little more. Gaia is our tree, my friends. Treat her with respect.

The Dragonfly's Memoirs of the Traveling Cup

Once upon a time, the Monkey King sat at the peak of the Great Tree that reached into the clouds in order to commune with his eldest son.

“My son, you have grown of age. I must now tell you of your inheritance. This tree is our life force. Our family uses it for sustenance – its branches support us; its coverage protects us; its fruit nourishes us. But it needs us, as well. It is our function to protect it from parasites that threaten to kill.

“As is foretold, you must set out on your own before you can become king of your own tree. Along the way, there will be challenges. You will encounter danger, you will find friends, you will grow hungry. I ask you only to not take the fruit of the tree that is meant to nourish your brothers and sisters. Feed off the parasites…

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