January 31, 2016 at 09:11AM on Facebook

“Stopping to consider a tree that rose up straight then curved like a question mark, Mr. Wohlleben said, however, that it was the untrained perspective of visitors he took on forest tours years ago to which he owed much insight. ‘For a forester, this tree is ugly, because it is crooked, which means you can’t get very much money for the wood,’ he said. ‘It really surprised me, walking through the forest, when people called a tree like this one beautiful. They said, “My life hasn’t always run in a straight line, either.” And I began to see things with new eyes.'”
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