The #GayElderCircle reflects on the film #WhenAMonsterCalls. At first glance this film is a coming of age story of a 10 year old boy. A variation of #WhereTheWildThigsAre with a mature ending. However, in this particular story the “Monster” is a Tree, and this is what is significant.
A Tree, how we have forgotten the role Trees have hand throughout civilization. The Tree of Knowledge as it relates to our spiritual self. The Tree of Life as it relates to our mortality. Spiritual leaders have died on trees, and have meditated under trees. They can provide relief from hunger, provide shade, and give themselves up so we can have shelter, beds, boats etc., like “#TheGivingTree” by #ShelSilverstein.
Trees, like Owls are full of wisdom. They show us how to reach for the heavens, while remaining firmly rooted. Trees are great leaders, and mentors. Collectively we have forgotten the importance of Trees and how they remind us of our ties to Gaea.
Monsters are misunderstood. Human civilizations have created Monsters for generations. They make up the branches and leaves of folklore, and traditions, and provide many opportunities to learn. When a tale has ended, when the light has come on, or the film has ended, it is quite common to discover that we, ourselves are actually the Monster.
“All things share the same breath – the beast, the tree, the man, the air shares its spirit, with all the life it supports.” – Chief Seattle