"Now if you have a big tree and are at a loss what to do with it, why not plant it in the domain of non-existence,
- Beyond the limits of our external world. Referring to the conditions of mental abstraction in which alone true happiness is to be found.
whither you might betake yourself to inaction by its side, to blissful repose beneath its shade?
- "Why does the horizon hold me fast, with my joy and grief in this centre?"—Emerson.
There it would be safe from the axe and from all other injury; for being of no use to others, itself would be free from harm."
- Illustrating the advantage of being useless. That which is small and useful is thus shown to be inferior to that which is large and useless.