For the Future, from the Past
Not everything we have to learn is new (knew?).
Here is a story about the College Hall at New College in Oxford.
Legend is that the builders, in the 1300's, planted oak trees for a time centuries in the future when they would need lumber to replace beams in the ceiling.
It is a tale of optimism and wisdom.
The comments say that the story is likely myth.
I guess "myth" means the most advanced form of societal truth
- for only the greatest truth can survive as myth.
Ironically, one comment says, "[I]if you think back to a society where hardwood was the principal construction material, it is obvious that some trees in every wood had to be left to grow on, while the others yielded a crop of coppiced poles every fifteen years or so."