Ecosystems are so similar to human societies. They’re built on relationships. The stronger those are, the more resilient the system. And since our world’s systems are composed of individual organisms, they have the capacity to change. We creatures adapt, our genes evolve, and we can learn from experience. A system is ever changing because its parts - the trees and fungi and people - are constantly responding to one another and to the environment. Our success in coevolution - our success as a productive society - is only as good as the strength of these bonds with other individuals and species. Out of the resulting adaptation and evolution emerge behaviors that help us survive, grow, and thrive.
― Suzanne Simard, Finding the Mother Tree