Humans Prefer To Be Tribal Rather Than Right… And That’s Wrong

This is about a seaside hill, one of the last refuge of the Western Monarch butterfly, a large orange and black long range migratory butterfly on the verge of extinction. Plutocrats, the power (kratia) of evil (Pluto) want to dynamite the hill to build four million dollar mansions facing the Golden Gate. Of course they were able to recruit a critical mass of local PC “Democratic” politicians to do so (I was told it involved a kick-back scheme). To save Albany Hill, please sign the online petition. All the people of the planet can sign it, even if they live in Wuhan, Hubei, China. This is just one small planet, we need to save the oxygen!


Here they were, the volunteers, maybe 100 high school students, raking tree bark from the ground, gathering it, putting it in huge plastic bags. Fallen bark was the enemy, it needed to be gathered, cleaned up, plastic bags were friends in which to stuff the enemy. Other volunteers were planting tiny blades of grass… were giant trees used to be, a few months ago, before being cut then bulldozed out. They used six bulldozers. For six months. How ecological is that? Thirty tons trees, replaced with lumps of three grams of grass? With public funds? Is it how we are going to absorb CO2? With a few blades of grass, where towering, growing trees used to be? Trees which can live two millennia? Recent research has shown that large trees are the greatest absorbers of CO2. A sequoia, native to the area, can absorb tons of CO2…. year after year.

What was the occasion of this ridiculous, however well-meaning, meeting? Taking care of a cherished hill! Ah, why were the trees cut? One pretext was the installation of an ADA (American disability Act) path… a path all made in concrete (the top of that hill was perfectly ADA accessible before; I was myself handicapped for a year and could get there; any wheelchair could have). Many trees had to be cut for that, between the new ADA path, opened by bulldozers, and the 30 to 40 foot wide forest road, parallel to it, twenty feet away. Why was not the ADA path installed on the top, slightly to the side of the forest road? 

Prominent Tree in front: Monterey Pine, Pinus Radiata, native to a few spots in California, including SF Bay Area. Discernible a bit in the back, left, and right: Monterey Cypress, with same exact native range. Both endangered trees were systematically destroyed on Albany Hill, to give room for four million dollar mansions…. All of it disguised as a PC ecological program… I was told it was all about multimillion dollar kickbacks…

Why were so many trees cut? Why did none of the youth know that half of the hill was going to be dynamited to build dozens of four million dollars mansions? When the five million dollars contributed by the public for the park, were used for unrelated activities?

Isn’t it ridiculous to rack tree debris, after the City had ravaged the hill top for months with no less than six bulldozers? And all the wild animals, many endangered, had to flee? I asked, again and again:”Are you aware that the hill is going to be dynamited?” The youth’s many heads, feeling insecure, swivelled around with bovine interest: who was disturbing the tribal peace? The main adult who had organized the blade of grass planting retorted:”Not here!” She meant no destruction where she was standing… the destruction of the hill would indeed start, just one hundred meters to the south. This is not a new approach to holocausts:’Oh, it’s not happening under my feet! Why should I care?” 

Endangered Monterey Cypresses grow naturally on a narrow strip of Northern California (the outrageous claim that Monterey Cypresses are only native to the 17 miles drive and Point Lobos, is probably just multimillionaire self-glorifying propaganda; I know for a fact immensely dwarfed old Monterey Cypresses, 100 kilometers north…) In any case some were unlawfully secretly cut for 48 multimillionaire mansions on Albany Hill, in violation of various laws…

I pointed out to the enormous destruction of trees, which devastated so many species, including endangered owls. Finally the responsible miscreant, who had harangued the youth prior, to instill the correctness of her ways, a city employee, snapped:  “Yes, I had the trees cut. Yes, i did it, I have the conifers cut. They are not native! They are a fire danger!” I retorted: “But these were endangered species! East Bay Junipers! Monterey Cypresses! Monterey Pines! Brewer Spruces! All native to Northern California and the coast ranges!” Margot C. got all inflamed: “I want only chaparral and poison oak on the West Side of the Hill! With a few oak on the north-east side!” Me:”Look at old pictures! It’s all conifers! Go around by the sea, on similar hills, it’s all conifers, typically Monterey Cypresses and Pines” Margot, apparently fully oblivious to reality retorted:”You are wrong!

Well, at least lunacy in person is more thrilling than on the Internet. Uncharacteristically for me, I left. I felt as if I had just been told that it was mars, not the Moon, which orbited the Earth.

Against insanity, the wise content in vain, and at the risk of exciting the injurious ardor of the mob. Obviously a rethink of the lunacy of a project to develop 48 four million dollar mansions… while presenting them to the State of California as “AFFORDABLE HOUSING”…. was in order. So much money at stake has addled the minds. Two days prior, I was walking in the dark, when a tall senior gentleman I had never seen before came to me. He started not by saying hello, but:”Do you want to be educated?”. Then he told me an amazing story of corruption and kick backs…. meanwhile, one hundred youth were planting one hundred blades of grass, where a forest used to be, thinking they were saving the planet… I went around, trying to tell them they were being had…

A few of the youth approved of my ways enthusiastically, others were condemning, most were baffled. They were here to do a job, to be together, a mutually bounding society, they were not gathered to hear what was going on, or hear that their esteemed leaders were not right… if it endangered the establishment, it was not what they were supposed to hear. Of that, they were sure.

Look at CORVID 19, at Antarctica melting ever faster, etc… Realize the futility of much of the world organization, and even of the work many people do, nowadays. Even Trump just had the USA join the worldwide “One trillion trees initiative” [1]. But then all too many PC people hate trees.  

We are living in times when we have to learn quickly to suppress the tribal urge and replace it by the more elevated, more human, Will to Truth… 

Yes, our distant ancestors were monkeys, and tribalism is what kept them alive. Now it’s what is killing us.

Patrice Ayme 



[1] September 2015 estimates of the number of trees on Earth show a figure of approximately 3 trillion subsequent determination has ascertained that 1.2 trillion trees would counteract 10 years of CO2 emissions (anthropogenic).

Even the cordially despised  World Economic Forum during 2020, held in Davos, feeling the heat, announced the creation of the One Trillion Tree Initiative platform made for governments, businesses, and civil society to provide support to the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2020-2030), led by UNEP and FAO. Forum participant Donald Trump, president of the United States, made an announcement that the government of the U.S. will be committing to the initiative.

13 billion trees, more exactly: 13,629,563,106+ trees have been planted as of the 4th of February 2020. In the PC San Francisco Bay Area, a lot of clear-cutting, of entire hillside meanwhile proceeded… As usual, many SF values are upside down…


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One Response to “Humans Prefer To Be Tribal Rather Than Right… And That’s Wrong”

  1. Gmax Says:

    So trees could fight the CO2 built-up in the atmosphere?


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