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  • The oldest living residents of this planet are Bristlecone pines. You can find them in windswept gravel on a few mountains of the Great Basin, where temperatures swing well over one hundred degrees each year. The ones that grow in “good” conditions (which are still inhospitable to pretty much anything else) actually die before those that grow in bad conditions. The ones that struggle the whole way grow slowly, making them denser and more resinous and thus better able to withstand insects, disease, weather, and all the trials that come with a four thousand year existence.

    The ones that struggle the whole way through are stronger.
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