"What about you?" One very beautifully formed tree spoke. "I will be a newspaper, I think." "A newspaper? Of what value is a newspaper?" "Well, a newspaper is honest. It never tells lies or distorts what happens and it makes the people sober to think about all that took place in real life, and warns them of danger, lets them be good neighbors, keeps out all sorts of secrecy and darkness, and has a great coverage in the American Bill of Rights, so that no one can ever bother it. And everyone looks forward to getting it, because it carries all the news, without fear or favor."
"I don't' think I have ever heard of such a thing." "Well, I do know that there used to be such papers and I believe there will be again, perhaps when I grow up."
The wind blew and pushed forward another wispy tree, whose curly needles made it look like a silly girl. "I," said she, "I will be a novel, and make people forget their troubles and reach far into the imaginations of their mind and see themselves as something happy or great or hopeful." "How long can you keep them in this dreamy state?" "Well, a little while, at least, but just a little while."
One after another the pines testified of their visions and plans until one stood forth. It was most significant and spoke in such a straightforward manner that a deep hush fell over all the other trees when it spoke. "What do you have to say, sir?" asked one of the more courageous of the trees. "What do you want to be?" "I think, yes, I am certain - I want to be a Bible. I have heard of the everlasting joy and fulfillment of happiness that comes to those that read and follow the Bible. It lays the foundations of great and prosperous nations and it dissolves doubts and stands alone as the ultimate answer to solving man's dilemmas. And not only that, but it inspires man to write other good books and commentaries and editorials, and, well, it gives life because of the Saviour it shows."
Then all the trees had a great trial, and it was decided that this was the most noble and desirable of all things that could be thought of, to be a Bible or at least one of the books that came from it.
And they reached another agreement among themselves. While they concluded what they WANTED to be, they also agreed to what they DIDN'T want to be.
They all in unison wrote in a great resolution:
WE, BEING OF SOUND MIND AND AFTER CAREFUL CONSIDERATION AMONG OURSELVES, FULLY CONCUR AND BEG THE KEEPER OF THE FOREST THAT WE DO NOT END UP AS A GOVERNMENT FORM IN GENERAL, AND IN PARTICULAR, A 1040.