In a healthy forest . . .
That’s how a healthy forest works.
Imagine what would happen to the health of the forest if the tallest trees forgot where they came from, if they forgot that they too once relied on the surface nutrients provided by the plants that went before them.
Imagine what would happen if they suddenly said, “we’re tired of giving, giving, giving to all the takers at the bottom.” Imagine what would happen if they refused to shed their leaves and needles. Imagine what would happen if they refused to rot when they died.
Over time, I tell you truly, this lush forest would turn to desert.
The analogy, of course, is not perfect. But the imagery is vivid, and it drives home two points: 1) those who are currently wealthy have themselves benefited greatly from redistribution in the past, and 2) the system is more likely to be healthy when there is adequate flow at all scales.