A good picture tells a story better than words can. This picture says to me that nature is such that everything great or small in this universe has a major purpose in its existence. This banana plant (you may call it a 'tree' if that's comfortable with you) simply had to do its last job before it gave up its life. (Or would you rather say that it finishes this cycle of being plant and resigned itself to become another form of matter?)
It looks like someone slashed at it before it could fulfill its purpose in life. But it still would not just give up.
That brings to mind a story I heard told a long time ago.
A farmer shot a monkey off a tree. The pesky animal had been after his fruits. Everyday it would come out of the jungle and pick some of his best fruits from his orchard and ran back into the trees. When he approached the animal smoking gun in hand, it was still alive. The farmer was soon to find out this monkey was a mother and she was nursing a baby.
She had tears in her eyes. Those eyes were staring at the farmer as if she was trying to talk to him. She was bleeding badly and was very weak but she managed to get up on her feet. Gently, she pulled her baby from her breast. With a pleading look in her eyes she proffered the baby to the farmer. He threw down his gun and took the baby from her. Quietly she lay down and died.
Then the farmer cried. He made a silent vow never to shoot another animal in his life.
photo: from theStar