Jettison one's professed culture and history; this may be emotionally or psychologically possible only if one never had them in the first place. That is, one never actually lived and breathed it as a member of a community.
What did the boy give back to the tree? And why was the tree so pathologically altruistic? In fact, the book seems to be the perfect Boomer book. Boomers seem to fall in both categories, though they may be altruistic more with other people's resources (including their children's) than their own. There are definitely Boomers who are just takers.
"When asked for a training triage template, the priorities of work from Mosby’s perspective for the every day citizen was medical, combatives, pistol, rifle, then team tactics. All to often it’s the exact opposite, particularly for folks of the prepper bent."