What does Richard Powers mean when he says that there are a hundred thousand species of love?

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The Overstory is a book about how humans are a part of nature, and a group of people who seek to fight society's disconnect from natural life by participating in environmental justice movements. The book repeatedly tries to break down the barriers we've erected between ideas of humanity and ideas...

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The Overstory is a book about how humans are a part of nature, and a group of people who seek to fight society's disconnect from natural life by participating in environmental justice movements. The book repeatedly tries to break down the barriers we've erected between ideas of humanity and ideas of nature.

When Richard Powers says that "there are a hundred thousand species of love," he means to express how love, which is often arrogantly considered a uniquely human emotion, actually abounds in nature. We learn in the story, for instance, how trees communicate with each other in ways that humans could never understand. These communications allow trees to nourish and protect each other across vast distances. What is this but a relationship of love?

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