TREES are like us. They breathe like we do. They dance in the air, and sometimes fall out of despair. The abundance of a tree is the same with how a human person functions.
Education is the one which nourishes every person. From a tiny sapling to a big tree, education serves as the growth factor of a human being. It feeds every one of us with nutrients and intelligence that complete the entire us from then up to now.
The tree has different parts. Each part is the sum of the whole thinking tree, the human mind.
The roots have two key functions -- they anchor the tree to the ground and absorb the water that is essential to growth. Roots are the first ground of our human growth. This is where we get the elements that make us grow tall and mighty.
This is where we begin understanding our emotions and how we can manage these feelings. Roots depend on the water, minerals and oxygen they accumulate. Just like them, a human person depends on the basic education that is taught by a family to begin with. It is our attitude, our values, and our morals that are essential to growth.
The trunk refers to the main axis of a tree which supports its entirety. It is an important diagnostic feature in tree identification, and which often differs markedly from the bottom to the top.
This is like the primary education learned during the younger years of a person. When one starts to learn something new, he gets back to these ideas as basis of his rationality. It is our intelligence that is unique in nature, different from others.
The pith of the tree is the middle core of the stem. It is the centre in which the initial growth takes place. Here lies the growth capital of a tree similar to the brains human have as their educational growth base.
Brains are the manufacturer of ripened thoughts and ideas. They make people discern the meaning of life beyond the obvious. They make people mature, more capable of understanding things that which can be and cannot be seen.
The branches, on the other hand, are the small stems that carry the leaves. They are alike the naked intelligence people see in a person at once. It is verbal, written talent we show to the people around us. Once formed, these branches may have a chance to grow taller or remain in height.
Leaves are the small, green, and diamond-shaped that hangs under the tree's branches. Leaves change in color, and often fall to the ground. Sometimes, there are only few and sometimes there are a lot.
Similarly, these leaves are what a person leaves, scattering to the ground his intelligence. A person may choose to share ideas and knowledge to everyone, or otherwise. These ideas will now get away with the person, rather they will remain just like how a leaf resurrects.
Our leaves are like the tree. In the beginning we struggle to grow, but in the end it would all be worth it. As we slowly grow, we must survive every challenge life has to offer. We must cope with cold winters, dry summers, unforgiving blows of the wind, floods, insects and rodents just to name a few.
But in the end, we become strong and lovely trees. Somewhere out there a tree gives off carbon dioxide, and it is one thing people must take care of.
We will be someone we want to be if we take education seriously. Learning, just like photosynthesis, is a crucial part in our existence. This is where we begin to think as real men and women, gifted by a sole knowledge and human freedom. (Anju de Vera)
Sunday Essays are articles written by students of Ateneo de Davao University for their advanced journalism class.