The stump was once a great fir tree but it was arbitrarily cut down by men, yet the tree didn’t die.
You see, the trees here in the Gorge are living in shallow topsoil on top of lava rock so instead of shooting roots deeply into the ground the tree roots find other firs and connect with their roots.
Thus, the trees nourish each other and even when cut down they can still survive with the help of the community.
Without those connections providing nourishment and refreshment the stump…and the other trees now connected to it…would be left alone to contend with forces of nature and the whims of men.
However strong they may be, the unconnected tree will eventually lose those battles.
The tree with its roots in the community will survive, even when cut down in it’s prime.
The stump, though stricken down, is not only living but it is a source of life for its community.
Need I tell you to make your own application?