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Actually, as best as I can tell, it's an adaptation of a cynical expression one might use about another that cannot see the obvious "they can not see the forest because of the trees".
I adapted it, initially, to describe how I dodged answering people's questions when I was doing infrared laser photo chemistry to separate Uranium isotopes. A great deal of talking so as not to be rude about not answering - although in this case I just never got around to the answer. If you think about the tree, it would be hard to tell if it was not hidden in that forest, as well!
So - at least from my point of view - I sort of made it up and adapted the verbal technique I use to an expression.
well if the other passengers did that it'd make the queues shorter, particularly cool for international travel: getting through security/passport etc (no more stuck behind old farts that don't speak any known modern language.)
pestilence [ pes-tl-uh ns ] noun
1. a deadly or virulent epidemic disease. especially bubonic plague.
2. something that is considered harmful, destructive, or evil. Synonyms: pest, plague, people
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