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Alison Murdoch: Planting trees for posterity

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 08 October 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6052

The Tree of Life

People are like trees. With their roots planted firmly in the soil, trees stand tall and straight, and survive inclement weather. Likewise, people whose roots are planted firmly in family grow up strong and healthy, and survive adverse events. But without strong roots, both people and trees become weak and frail. Ideally, society is like an orchard, in which the strong and healthy shelter the weak and frail, so that all life has a chance to be fruitful.

Competing interests: No competing interests

10 October 2014
Hugh Mann
New York, USA