The White Mountain area in the eastern Sierras is home to the Great Basin Bristlecone Pines. The arid climate and high altitude limits the growth periods of the pines to a mere two weeks per year.
So they grow slowly, and get very old. Some of them are over 4,000 years old, making them the oldest trees on the planet.
We humans don’t think in these time spans. We occasionally consider the next year, and rarely the next decade.
The age of the cathedral builders is gone, who knew they would not live to see their work finished.
What would we do with so much time? Would we plan ahead and mold the future, or would we just keep adapting and contorting?
Maybe we should develop a better sense of being content with what we have.