ANSWERS: 17
  • Yes, I feel sad. No I don't hear them scream.
  • Well, yeah. I thought I was the only one. I felt that way as a kid and I've never been able to shake it off. Sometimes stuff like that hurts me a little bit, physically. Crazy. I know. EDIT: When I say it hurts me a little bit. physically, here's what I mean: When I see certain painful things - like trees being cut down - the under-layer of my skin on my body (torso) will suddenly feel like it's burning, like I'm on fire inside. This also happens when I read or hear about painful things, too.
  • Yes, but I have to be rational. Sometimes it has to be done, if it is a partially dead tree that may fall onto a street or house in the next strong wind. It may have been an old oak I climbed and played in as a kid, pretending it was my ship and I was Captain Kidd....or swung from in an old tire. I love trees, but I have had to cut down several. I have also planted several, many of which are now being played in by another generation of Captain Kidds and Peter Pans....
  • I don't feel sad, but it would be nice not to have to cut them. Sometimes we have too, if they are to big or too old and are starting to die.
  • I don't exactly feel I can hear them scream, but it still makes me unimaginably sad. It's a living organism, some times one older than any human, which is just being eradicated in no time. I really like trees today, but when I was a kid, I would sometimes hug (yep, I did) old beech or oak tress, or pat them on the trunk. Someone had to appreciate them, otherwise they might be sad with all those kids breaking branches and twigs off, right?
  • I don't actually hear them, but it makes me kind of sick in my stomach. I hate to see it. I used to say thank you to my walls and floor. I don't have to anymore, because my walls are made of chalk and the floors are concrete.
  • No I don't hear them scream but it is definitely a loss to the surrounding community whether in the city or the forest. However, they must be maintained and controlled. I don't have all the info on the tree population so can't really state anything except my opinion.
  • I don't think I can hear them scream, but yeah, I DO feel sad! We need MANY, MANY more trees, instead of the constant dozing them down, supposedly in the name of progress! I wish that any time a tree was cut or knocked down, 2 had to replace it! Maybe we could catch up then!
  • I do feel sad. Our neighbor's yard just lost four trees. I wasn't home to see or hear them go, but I felt pretty devastated when I returned home and saw what was left. I have very emotional reactions to things like this, and am a person who finds refuge among nature. If I am feeling down, a walk through the woods brings me a lot of peace.
  • For 5 years when I was at school I walked down a mile long avenue of beech, elm and oak that had stood there for over 800 years (not the same ones obviously, but the trees were always replanted when they fell). I left the area a few years later and then, rather stupidly, went back on a bit of a nostalgia trip. I shouldn't have. Walking that mile past stump after stump was one of the most depressing things I've ever done. The reason for this vandalism? Money. The local council had felled the entire avenue because they had received a report of a branch falling within 10 feet of someone walking this path. Instead of spending money finding out which trees needed cosmetic or safety pruning, they simply destroyed all of them, most only a century or so old, and in sound health. Sad? Yes, very. And furious with an evil desire to desroy the destroyers. If a tree needs to be taken down, fine - I wouldn't want to hear of anyone being injured or even frightened in this way. But to destroy a beautiful fixture of over a hundred trees that had stood as long as the town has existed with no reason other than a desire to reduce their risk of embarassment and financial loss confirms my opinion of all government. That was 9 years ago. To date, no new trees have been planted to replace the ones the town's elected representatives vandalised. Few people walk there now and I can't think of a reason why they would want to.
  • That is not the tree screaming that was Darryl Hannah the tree hugger perched up there.
  • Wow. I'm so surprised to hear this question. We bought a house about 10 years ago that had a cottonwood near the sidewalk and the driveway. It was growing out of control and the large roots were causing the driveway and sidewalk to heave horribly. We finally contracted to have it removed and I am very, very, upset but I'm having a hard time understanding it. My wife is depressed as well. It's stupid. I know. I eat meat, I fish. Why do I feel bad over this tree? I think the cottonwood is a tree that consumes a lot of water. We are all connected through water. I think that's something. But, this tree provided us shade and beauty, a home for wildlife and birds and I am profoundly saddened. I remember in the book "Black Elk Speaks" of the reverence of the Sioux for the Cottonwood, perhaps the Cottonwood tree is the spirit of our elders or something. In any event, I am sad tonight over the tree and very upset by it, however inexplicable. I leave with this from Black Elk speaks. Maybe out of guilt or maybe to heighten awareness. "They all carried flowering sticks cut from the sacred rustling tree (the cottonwood) with leaves left at the top, and the sticks were painted red. The woman is the life of the flowering tree, but the man must feed and care for it. One of the virgins also carried the flowering stick, another carried the pipe which gives peace, a third bore the herb of healing and the fourth held the sacred hoop; for all these powers together are women's power."
  • ...i wanna see someone try to cut down the "pipsico tree" at camp.....ill run them down with the backhoe sitting in maintenance
  • the person in the video is not me but that huge tree is the pipsico tree it is 400+ years old
  • Thank you to all who answered this question. I was feeling so sad I had to have a huge old pine cut, as it was starting to uproot and fall. I thanked it and said good-bye, and asked the tree man to cut up the trunk and save the pieces for me -- don't know what I will do with them, but they look great around the edges of my deck. I will be planting some replacement trees. Thanks again to all of you sensitive nature-loving people!
  • Some times they scream all the time and I chop them down so they SHUT UP!! AHHHHHHH
  • I've been known to have a vivid imagination by most of my friends. So that's probably why I think I can hear them scream or at least weep. There just seems to be so much sorrow filling up the air when a tree, especially old towering ones, are cut down. But I don't stick around often to see trees being cut down. So anyway, yes to both questions.

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