Las – wspólnota sympoietyczna?


Peter Wohlleben’s Hidden Life of Trees has inspired many readers to intensively anthropomorphise the way they think about forest. At least, judging by the discussions in social media and journalism, we deal with an entire wave of conversations about “mother caring for their children” and “multi-generational families”. It seems these metaphors are well-known, well-rooted and bringing us closer to the plant “Others”. Is that actually so? Are there different possibilities to conceptualise the forest-human community and does that community cover these two species only? Where to look for such different figures of thought? The paper is an encouragement to persevere in the controversiality of the relationship between people and organisms which make what we call forest and not to yield to the temptation to overfamiliarise them.