The Nashman is mad for a good reason. Eh paano ba naman itong kanyang beloved alma mater is going to entomb a tree which is very much alive.
Someone should remind the Reverend Fathers that “a tree looks at God all day, and lifts her leafy arms to pray”. So they will prevent the tree from praying to God if they are going to entomb it. Ayyayay. More details on this bizarre story here.
UPDATE: Well, there are two sides to every story (many sides actually if you watched the movie Rashomon). Here’s the side of SLU on this tree controversy as clarified by Chyt’s informant. Thanks Chyt.
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I was bothered by the story on the alleged “environment-unfriendly” move of SLU that I called up the university to inquire.
It was explained to me that the tree HAS TO BE removed. On the very same spot where it stands, SLU will erect a day-care center and a water tank for the use of the hospital. The SLU employees have long been clamoring for a day-care center where they can “deposit” their young ones while they are at work. Fr. Jess Hechanova, recognizing the employees’ plight, granted their wish.
The SLU hospital also needs a tank to augment its water supply. SLU says that the tree to be cut is already aged. That is not an excuse though, SLU tells me. The only reason that the tree must be removed is because SLU needs the space. It is a blessing that the tree is old.
SLU is a vanguard of the environment, my informant assures me. This summer, SLU planted more than 100 trees. My informant says that when SLU plants trees, it takes care of them to make sure they thrive.
So where does that leave us? Assuming that SLU really needs the space for the reason it claims, I cannot condemn it. The health of humans, who are on top of the food chain, is far more important than the life of one tree. The erection of a day-care center is a laudable endeavor. If the only way it can be achieved is to cut down one tree, then so be it.
Really, there are times when we are caught between the bull’s horns. I would like to revisit what John Stuart Mill said: The morality of an act is to be judged by its utility to the greater number for the greater good.
SLU, please plant more trees to replace that one you need to remove.
OUR TAKE: As we stated in the comments section it would be bad if the tree is cut (from an environmental perspective) but it would be understandable (because who of us would not cut a tree if we have to). We also said that it would be much simpler if SLU just cut the tree rather than build around it. It turns out, according to the update above, that the tree will be cut. That would be more acceptable that “entombing” a tree alive.
Well, authorities got to do what they got to do. But we echo Chyt’s wish that SLU will hopefully plant more trees to replace what it is cutting. Thanks again Chyt for the update.
PHOTO CREDIT: slupinetree.com.