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The Wicked Tree

© by forest

"If men had wings and bore black feathers,
few of them would be clever enough to be crows."
-Rev.Henry Ward Beecher, mid 1800's

...We are seeing the consequences by breaking the law of nature...

mitragyna speciosa
Ketum Plant

“4,000 ketum trees destroyed reported a local newspaper”

Ketum (Mitragyna Speciosa) was “sentenced to death without a court hearing”.

It was also called the “king of all herbal medicine”. “If used along with other herbs, ketum can be used against high blood pressure, diabetes and poor libido. Its other uses include deworming, tiredness and confinement”, said a medicine man. It has been used for many generations and has proven its use. The leaves are usually boiled in water and drunk. If used excessively, it can caused anarexie (lost of weight) and insomnia(sleepless).

Every medicine, herb and food if used incorrectly or excessively will have side-effects. As with the Ketum. Agreed? So why should Ketum be “sentenced to death” just because some people used it excessively and become addicted?

Did you know that the unripe betel nut (areca nut) if eaten is as addictive as using cannabis? We know how kampong folks like to chew ripe betul nut with piper leaves and kapur. It has an addictive effect but that has not merited a call for chopping down the palm. If only drug addicts knew about the side effects of unripe betel nut, I am sure all pinang trees will be “sentenced to death” too. These are the laws of man. And these point to one destiny for mankind. The destiny of self destruction. Mankind creating laws detrimental to ownself.

I believe every flora in our little earth has its function. It is a part of the ecosystem, as food for fauna, as an undiscovered future medicine and as beauty in diversity.

Ironically there are products that have not been sentenced – rubber glue and cough mixtures to name a few. Sniffing rubber glue is considered an addiction. Why is it not banned? You can buy it in any hardware shop. Peddlers (hardware shop) and addicts (buyers) are not prosecuted. I can only conclude that glues are man-made and have economical value for businesses. Similarly cough medicines are not banned because doctors have the license to prescribe. Therefore, no need to destroy….be it rubber glue, cough medicine, or whatever, because these are enterprising products.

Man has abused his power. Man has declared ketum trees as “wicked”. Man has been depleting natural resources in the name of personal gain and development.

Ketum - the wicked tree and so the human called it. Who created the tree? Is the Creator “wicked”? We are seeing the consequences by breaking the law of nature – of destroying natural resources. Let’s do a reflection of what we do, of what the consequences, of the day of drought, famine, tsunami, earthquakes, monsoons and calamities. Are we not heading to the end of mankind?

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