No so long ago I saw a short animated film by Quebec resident Frederick Back (Born in Germany). The animation was based around a short story by Jean Giono. A tale so deep in significance is rare and this is why this Jean Giono's text struck me.
"The Man Who Planted Trees" is the simple story of a man who found no other way to reach happiness than by seeding happiness himself. In all its simplicity, the text carries some of the greatest ideas of humanity. The happiness of Aristotle for instance seem to have been of great influence while portraying the "man who planted trees" as a shepherd makes the Christian influence obvious. It also comments present human condition towards happiness and derides bureaucracy.
Anyhow, I suggest you to read it and get your own opinion about the text.
It reminds me of a quote from Kazantzakis:
"I said to the almond tree, 'Friend, speak to me of God,' and the almond tree blossomed."
English translated versionhttp://home.infomaniak.ch/~arboretum/man_tree.htm
Original version in Frenchhttp://home.infomaniak.ch/~arboretum/pla.htm