While it might be scientifically interesting to learn that trees communicate, I believe it has significantly deeper implications. We have all been raised by the scientific world to believe in survival of the fittest. Simard points out that Darwin based his evolutionary model on the concept that organisms develop traits to out perform their peers. But then we have trees, sharing carbon and clues to threats, and sharing water and sap with neighbors not to be the last tree standing, but one of many, in a forest with a diverse assortment of tree species. One could ponder the reasons trees share information and resources, but many arguments fall short. Trees like sunshine. They use it to make food, so having neighbors that make shade is not ideal. Yet most trees do not send out toxins that destroy other trees (some do. Juglans Nigra, the eastern black walnut, harms other plants and gives itself an advantage) and in fact do the opposite. Perhaps a forest has other benefits to offer trees, benefits they would not see if they were a lone tree standing in a field. Whatever the reason, I am in awe of the notion that trees lend themselves to each other, and in so doing, create forests inhabited by countless other creatures.
Maybe that is the deeper implication. Maybe trees have it right, and the door to survival is not in out performing our peers but sharing, lending a hand and making sure that everyone has enough. I like that a tree will divert water to a weaker neighbor and share sap and information about a threat so others will not have a similar demise. I feel a bigger sense of responsibility, knowing what I do about trees. I am compelled to do right by them when I work the wood, and have something good come of all of it. The life of the tree, the gift of the wood, and the time spent in the shop.