Sunday, April 13, 2008

Personal Jesus

Everywhere you turn in Pasadena there's a church, temple or other place of worship. You can barely go two blocks before bumping into a place where people gather to send up messages to one god or another.

I'm all for going the non-traditional route, but I don't believe a tree deserves to suffer for our sins.

15 comments:

Palm Axis said...

amen

docker said...

Reminds me of a picture I took in Hilo Hawaii last year:
www.flickr.com/photos/mixed-meters/2144629395/

Pont Girl said...

I concur - this one must have been carved in by a fan of Depeche Mode. I would include a link to the song, but as you know, computer skills are not in my repertoire! Glad to see you highlighted at Cheltenham Daily Photo today!!

AraratDailyPhoto said...

Maybe it's a comment by someone on the tree itself.
Maybe he is a Taoist.

from cali said...

I thought the same thing Pont Girl. Whoever did this did a disservice to the tree and D.M.

Petrea: was this hard to spot?

Petrea said...

I'd say you and I think alike, Palm, but I'm not sure anyone thinks like you do. However, we agree.

Hi Docker. Yeah, that's the idea. Your tree looks painted--nontoxic, one would hope.

Thanks, Pont Girl. It's easy to find Depeche Mode's music video of "Personal Jesus," now that you mention it. (Google.) I wasn't aware of it--I've been out of the pop music loop too long. Whatever DM thinks of Jesus, it's clear they didn't have trees in mind when they created the song.

Maybe, Ararat, but would you hurt your Jesus that way?

From Cali: Yes. I've been walking by that tree at least a couple of times a week for two and a half years. I don't know when it was carved, but when I took the photo it wasn't recent (as in weeks). So I'd say the carving's at least a couple of months old. It could be more, for all I know. It blends into the shadows.

Katie said...

Sad to see that someone would damage a beautiful tree like this. And what's with the upside-down crosses? Pont Girl I'll have to go find the Depeche Mode video; maybe that will reveal all!

Bernie K. said...

I say nail the perpetrator up on that tree & leave 'em to rot!

Hey, wait . . .

Petrea said...

That video's not going to help you with crosses, Katie.

Bernie, you...um...uh...hmm.

Bernie K. said...

I know.

AraratDailyPhoto said...

Well... I might if I was a bit crazy.
You guys are really hard on the "defacer" - what if he/she is mentally ill or even just misguided?
I think the tree is prepared to cop the wounds if it means easing the burden of another.
I think we should extend the love we have for the tree to the human being.

I'm a tree lover.
Most of the big ones are pretty tough old buggers.
This is like a scar he got living life - same as you and me.

Bernie K. said...

I know, I know.

Petrea said...

I get you, Ararat. We all get hurt in life and we make it. But that doesn't mean the abuser is right to do so. It's all I'm sayin'.

ryoko fan said...

i heard defacing the tree like that slowly kills the tree. Jesus or no Jesus it is still grafitti.

Petrea said...

All Ryoko fans are welcome here. :)

I don't know if it will kill the tree; I think Ararat's right in that it's a scar and the tree can withstand it. But graffiti it is, vandalism, defacement, etc. None of which would be the answer if one asked the question, "what would Jesus do?"