The hatred towards and alienation from nature, so desired by the human race has no limits. Two symbolic acts against ancient and revered trees demonstrate this perfectly. See below ...
Police Move to Protect "Mystical Tree" from Attacks
INDONESIA: October 4, 2006
JAKARTA - Indonesian police have slapped a cordon around a huge landmark Banyan tree in the capital after members of a Muslim youth group attacked it to prove it had no special mystical powers.
The governor of Jakarta filed a complaint with police after youths hacked and damaged the 100-year-old banyan, on a traffic island in the capital, in a bid to dispel rumours the tree harboured special powers.
"The city government tried hard not to cut the tree when we built a new bus lane. It is more than 100 years old and it is important for the environment," said Susi Marsitawati of Jakarta's park agency.
"But later rumours spread that the government was unable to fell the tree because it has supernatural powers and is sacred," the official said, adding that Jakarta Governor Sutiyoso had filed a complaint with police.
Indonesia is predominantly Muslim, but a strong mystical vein runs through the culture. Whatever their faith, many display a deeply spiritual attitude and follow animist beliefs and various superstitions.
Jeje Zainudin, chairman of the United Islam Youth, said the group had carried out the attack to counter superstitions surrounding the tree.
"It is not a matter of chopping down the tree but this is to counter a popular belief such as if (we) touch it, (we) will get sick or your cleaver will break."
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and the second one:
Australia's iconic 'Tree of Knowledge' poisoned
03 October 2006 11:28
Australia's heritage-listed "Tree of Knowledge", a 200-year-old ghost gum known as the birthplace of the centre-left Labour Party, has died after being poisoned, a party official said on Tuesday.
The tree, which stands opposite a hotel in the centre of the small town of Barcaldine in the north-eastern state of Queensland, was the meeting place for sheep shearers during a landmark strike in 1891.
When the strike was crushed with the arrest and jailing of the ringleaders, unionists formed Labour Electoral Leagues, which later became the Labour Party.
The tree was included in the government's National Heritage List in December 2005.
Local Labour Party branch president Pat Ogden said a tree doctor had now "signed the death certificate" for the tree after an unknown poisoner struck with a powerful herbicide.
"In April we noticed leaves falling off it. Now there's no leaves on it and the limbs are up there in the air just like a ghost," he said.
The ailing tree had attracted an influx of tourists who wanted to see the icon before it died, he said.
"It's an icon of the town, it's an icon of Australia, really, for the workers."
Ogden said he hoped that instead of uprooting the tree the council would trim it back and create a permanent monument to the party.
Since its formation, the Labour Party has held power alternately with the conservative Liberal Party of current Prime Minister John Howard.
While Howard has been in power nationally for 10 years, Labour governments control all of the country's six states. -- AFP