WHAT DO YOU THINK?
Two different lessons were drawn out from this verse in the commentary: On the one hand, humankind must act responsibly toward trees/nature because our lives depend on them. At the same time, the trees/nature needs mankind to tend and protect them. Humankind and trees/nature are, thus, engaged in a mutual relationship: if we care for the earth and its resources, the earth will care and provide for us.
Can you think of current examples of the mutuality and partnership between mankind and earth?
How would you describe the major challenges in preserving nature, versus needing the resources of nature?
What are you personally inspired to contribute toward the mutual relationship between humankind and nature?
WHAT DO YOU SEE?
Each image calls out to us to examine it, to note our thoughts and feelings, and relate these impressions to the quotation. Often clues in the artwork suggest meaning and invite interpretation.
Designer George Tscherny’s composition interprets the Deuteronomy verse with minimal but thought-provoking imagery.
How does the image present the quotation? Was this how you interpreted the quotation without the image?
Why do you think Tscherny chose a pear to depict this quotation? How would the effect be different had he used the image of a tree?
Why do you think the artist put a human face on the pear?
What emotions does this image evoke?
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