Since the dawn of time, man has tried to control nature. Mostly it is in vain. Always it is temporary. In the end, nature wins out for she has the patience of millennia which is far longer than the memory of man. She outlasted the ancient Egyptians, the venerable Anasazi, and will outlast we arrogant humans who believe we are the ultimate power, the ultimate authority.
The art of Bonsai is man controlling nature on a microcosm. Well, at least, man directing nature on a microcosm. The bonsai tree needs constant pruning, constant bending, constant care to maintain it’s elegance. Left to its own accord, the tree will grow wild, grow free, will be a tree.