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I Saw Men as Trees Walking



The story in the Bible of the blind man whom Jesus heals by putting an earthen paste on his eyes and then asking what he sees after the first application to hear, “I see men as trees walking,” before he puts on another batch of paste and the blind man sees fully and goes on his way rejoicing has always been interesting to me. “Men as trees walking,” came to my mind the first time I saw the Ents in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings Trilogy, when I read C.S. Lewis’ The Magician’s Nephew and heard of the trees that came to life at the creation of Narnia, and even now when I look at trees themselves and read about how much they resemble humans in their need for community and their search for life and will to thrive in books such as Peter Wohlleben’s The Hidden Life of Trees.

Perhaps there is something in “I saw men as trees walking” that we are just now starting to understand 2,000-plus years after the blind man spoke it, and perhaps, in a way, the blind man had a revelation of “second sight” as he regained his first. Perhaps he let us know, way back then, that there was more to trees and more to their connection to the earth and to human beings than we thought and think.

Photo courtesy of and used with permission from B.

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