In Taiwan’s subtropical climate aerial tree roots are a common sight. I am always fascinated by the sheer tenacity of these roots as well as by the intricate patterns they form, which are truly works of art. Whether it is jagged coral rocks or parched ground, the words “retreat” or “quit” don’t seem to exist in their vocabulary, only “holding on” and “not giving an inch” and going on the attack. It is little wonder that the metaphor of roots is so often invoked when we speak about strength, persistence, personal and spiritual growth and many related themes.
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