Today, as I was walking on the edge of the local forest, I came to stop by a small plot of land on the other side of the road facing the forest. The reason I stopped, was that I was suddenly hearing a soft, almost inaudible “whooshing” sound which was at first not identifyable in my ears.
The sound grew slowly louder and I realized that it was simply the wind passing through the spruce trees’ needles about 60 feet above my head.
The thought came to mind: “Does the “whooshing-sound” belong to the wind or to the trees?”
Is the sound a property of the objects called “trees” or the object called “wind”?
Or does the whooshing-sound only exist as a phenomenon of the interaction between two other phenomena, one being the trees and the other the wind?
Is a tree not defined as a tree because it does make a whooshing-sound when wind blows through the needles?
Would it still be a tree, if it didn’t have that sound when wind would blow through the needles?
If not, then how could one say, that the whooshing-sound is not a property of the tree?
If yes, show me that tree, please.
This is just one phenomenon one could have observed, defining the phenomenon “tree”.
How many more interactional phenomena are there that I haven’t noticed but that also define the “tree”? The symbiosis of roots and funghi, photosynthesis, millions of smallest insects and bacteria which need and interact with the tree…
What then, am I really doing when I see the tree as an “object”?