What goes too long unchanged destroys itself. The forest is forever because it dies and dies and so lives.
In the past, our timekeeping systems were synchronized with the systems of the earth. The rhythms and seasons of nature help us orient and make sense of when we are. Digital media has warped our subjective sense of time and thrown us into a state of atemporal confusion.
"The past, viewed as a historical present, is still alive, a gift that helps avoid pitfalls...In the face of the historical present, our task is to forge another present, [one that is] 'true."
“Everything summons us to death; nature, as if envious of the good she has done us, announces to us often and reminds us that she cannot leave us for long that bit of matter she lends us, which must not remain in the same hands, and which must eternally be in circulation: she needs it for other forms, she asks it back for other works.”
— Bossuet, Sermon sur la mort