Monday, April 09, 2012

redwood automoton peace

California redwood, sequoia, wellingtonia  call it what you like it is tree to make your heart beat faster. There are four in front of Groombridge Place. I seldom fail to stand beneath them and look up and up.
Framed by the first floor window of the Pilates Gyrotonic Centre above the car show room  in the London Road, the upright torso of a track suited woman rises and falls and her arms moves backward and forward, as though she is marching. It has the hypnotic effect of watching an automaton.

In Victor Hugo I come across the Latin proverb, Si vis pacem para bellum. If you wish for peace prepare for war. It is easier to call yourself a pacifist as I do now, than when I was younger and less accustomed to injustice.  But the idea that peace can only be achieved when supported by force, though horrible, retains a vestige of truth which it is hard to erase from the mind.

2 comments:

Rouchswalwe said...

One of my dreams is to ride West to stand in a grove of Redwoods! Recently, I watched a documentary on the life of Joan Baez. I did not know how deep her pacifism ran. Incredible woman.

Plutarch said...

The redwoods at Groombridge Place are mere saplings compared with the redwoods I was fortunate enough to see in California when I was there 30 years ago.