Darwinism, survival of the fittest, nature as a competition. This view on nature has strongly influenced our thinking. Also our political thinking,especially Fascists liked to use the view of a ruthless nature as an argument for ruthless measurements.
Trees also take part in a competition, especially the struggle for light. Above the ground such is very obvious. What is interesting, there seems to be increasing evidence that under the ground things work entirely different. Trees help other trees, especially family, as we can view in the attached documentary.
A paradigm shift? Maybe. And if so, potentially one that might shift our ideas on how to organize society as well.
Another interesting aspect of this documentary is the relatively novel discovery on how trees and plants communicate. A forest in this way becomes more of a networked ecosystem that is in constant communication through chemical signals. Almost a super-organism with different trees and plants as it’s different organs.