Why did Treebeard say that nobody cares for the woods?

Treebeard seems to think he got a bit of a raw deal. He says:

I am not altogether on anybody’s side, because nobody is altogether on my side, if you understand me: nobody cares for the woods as I care for them, not even Elves nowadays

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, “Treebeard”

This statement seems a bit odd, considering that the Sylvan Elves of Mirkwood and the Galadhrim of Lothlórien lived not too far north of his domain. But I think this oddness is intentional on Tolkien’s part, as diving into it helps us understand life from the perspective of a tree.

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The Unexpected Party

For a few years (quite a few, actually, since post-graduate education can take the better part of a decade!) my brother was remotely working on a doctorate program offered by a college not too far from where I live in North Carolina. This was nice, since it meant that occasionally he would have to stop by in person and he would often spend the night at my place while doing so.

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The Nerf War

When I was a kid, one of the most anticipated events put on by the church youth group I attended was the somewhat-annual Nerf War. The group would rent out a gymnasium, we would set up cardboard forts, and many dozens of kids would wage war all evening. We’d spend the night in the gym, sleeping in our forts, have breakfast the next morning, and be picked up by our parents some time afterward. I assume there was some sort of Bible lesson or attempt at meaningful discourse, but if so I certainly don’t recall that part.

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