Upon Revisiting the Grounds of Drottningholm Royal Palace

The palace’s grounds were, as usual, well-ordered and maintained.

Squared-off hedges and bushes, trees of several kinds in orderly rows.

Level gravel paths, even in inaccessible areas, well combed.

Evenly placed benches, some sitting in front of signs hung on strong wires, reading “forbidden to enter.”

Yes, it is a green place, but it is not a forest where I would feel at home.

Here is the quintessential statement of our manipulation of the world, all ego and ambition, purposefully reckless toward our surroundings, disrespectful of Nature’s ways.

I walk away, unfulfilled.

Royal Domain of Drottningholm


About Ron Pavellas

Expatriate American living in Sweden with wife. Retired from employment in the USA. Currently focused on blog articles, memoirs, and creative writing.
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1 Response to Upon Revisiting the Grounds of Drottningholm Royal Palace

  1. I share your response. Looking at those trees lined up — it’s unnatural. There is something about it that is unsettling and disturbing. It’s just not right. But it goes beyond them simply being put into nice, neat rows. Trees are the pillars of a certain kind of ecosystem. They draw to them particular plants, insects, etc that form communities immediately around them. These communities are closely connected with the plants communicating to each other through their roots.

    As we isolate humans into individuals, we force these trees to be individuals too. I bet if one did research, they’d find that trees separated from communities of other species are more stressed in being less healthy and living less long. Diversity is part of life. This is seen even in our bodies. The more microbes we are in contact with the healthier our immune systems are. Hunter-gatherers also have larger and more diverse microbiomes than people living in industrialized societies.

    In our demand for control, we intentionally destroy that diversity. In our societal derangement, we’ve come to fear that diversity. There is a good reason for that because that diversity demonstrates how superficial and false is our idealized hyper-individualism. It takes immense effort to constantly ‘garden’ the world, to maintain control and manage what constantly refuses to be controlled. Chemical fertilizers, like addictive stimulants, are how we create an artificial sense of health and vitality.


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