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Arms around a tree

Hugging a tree is different from humans hugging because a tree-hugger is hugging without being hugged; that is, there is no claim or expectation of reciprocity. Why do humans hug trees then?

It all began with my nephew trying to draw a hug. The seven-year-old had so long managed with drawing disproportionate arms of the huggers, taking far greater liberty than French sculptor [Auguste] Rodin could’ve imagined. The arms in these drawings were almost as long as the bodies — it is possible that the little boy had seen arms gaining elasticity during a hug. It was all right as ...

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