See that white tree there amongst the green ones? I'm not certain, but I think it's an albino.

Like animals, some tress are born as albinos, devoid of pigments due to a genetic mutation. Without photosynthetic pigments, a tree cannot harvest energy from sunlight and normally wouldn't survive. But in a rainforest, any tree will be nurtured by the rest of its community, sharing resources through their roots. Even a tree unable to give anything back.

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@AzureKingfisher
Perhaps. Or perhaps we all simply need interdependence in order to thrive.

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@InvaderXan that for sure but some people feel as if they can't give anything back.

@AzureKingfisher
Not everyone should need to. Those who can help those who can't. Those who have give to those without. After all, that's why communities and societies, both human and otherwise, developed in the world.

@InvaderXan @AzureKingfisher it's so nice to hear about things like this. Usually people emphasise the value you can bring to society, and often I don't feel like I am very "useful". I'm not even sure if I'll be able to have a full time job, not being able to have a lot of time to myself to relax really stresses me out for some reason. I had an internship for a couple of months and I got really stressed just from that. I have no idea why I'm like this but it makes me feel like I'm not very useful. The idea of everyone helping each other and being kind is such a nice thought, I wish we didn't live in a society which valued marketable skills.

@Some_Person @AzureKingfisher
Perhaps another thing to be wary of is not to conflate how "useful" you are with the concept of productivity.

We're all fed this image of productivity. Jobs and spreadsheets and meetings, and things which mean very little in the grand scheme of things.

A depressed man who lives alone and paints pictures is not "useful" under modern definitions, but Van Gogh made a huge impact on human culture.

Your value lies in who you are. Not how "useful" you appear to be.

@InvaderXan @AzureKingfisher

I thought of it in terms of "If someone has a temporary or even permanent illness, injury, disability, etc. the entire community freely gives them some of the excess because their life also matters even if they are incapable of giving anything back in return".

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