I have to admit most of the fiction I’ve read lately comes from the children’s section of the public library. Dr. Seuss inevitably ends up in our book bag. I’ve learned many things from his books; cats in hats are nothing but trouble and I would not have held out nearly so long on Sam I am before succumbing to his pleas to try green eggs and ham. However, The Lorax has emerged as one of my favorites.
For those of you non-Seuss aficionados, The Lorax is a tale told in flashback by the Once-ler, a character that builds an economic empire by exploiting truffula trees. The Lorax appears from the stump of a hewn truffula tree and says,”I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees. I speak for the trees for the trees have no tongues.” Needless to say, the Once-ler does not stop cutting down the truffula trees until they are all gone. By this time, the Lorax is gone with a cryptic single word message left behind- UNLESS. Upon retelling his tale, the Once-ler finally understands the message and passes on the last truffula seed to the listener to take care of and challenges him to turn into a forest.
My question is this: What is your truffula seed?
Is there something special you have been entrusted with? Perhaps you inherited it from someone else. Perhaps you stumbled upon it more randomly. Maybe you have more than one.
For me, I feel that it is important to give a voice to basic scientific research, especially plant-related research. Sure, scientists are relatively adept at speaking with one another, but as a group we could do a lot more in our communications with the public. This unfortunate situation is the driving force for starting this blog, and future posts will address specific scientific research and the way this research is conducted. So, stay tuned.
What do you provide a voice for? Whatever it is that you are compelled to speak for, speak up because…
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”