Why Pain ?
In the apple-growing state of Maine, U.S.A., I was once visiting a farmer friend and saw an apple tree so loaded down with fruit that the branches had to be propped up to keep them from breaking under the weight of apples.
When l remarked about the fruitfulness of the tree, my friend said to me, “Go over and look at that tree’s trunk down near the bottom.”
There I saw that the tree had been badly wounded by a big gash across its side. The farmer explained, “That is something we have learned about apple trees. When the growing tree tends to run to wood and leaves and not to fruit, we stop it by wounding it, by cutting into its bark. And we don’t know why, but almost always the result is that the tree turns its energies to producing fruit again.”
– Harry Emerson Fosdick
Could that be a parable for some of us human apples trees in the human orchard? Papaya plants are of two genders, male and female. Only the female plants produce ice, bulging, juicy fruits. Males, instead, come out with tiny, useless imitations. So the farmer would bang down a rusty old iron nail to its trunk at the base. And the tree does what it is supposed to do. May be we too need the painful experience to be ….