In Bullet Train (2022), The Elder tells the other assassins a metaphor regarding plums to get them to stop fighting each other and cooperate:
The Elder: A plum does not resent the hungry man, but the farmer who planted the tree.
Ladybug: He resents the farmer?
Lemon: So how do plums have fucking resentments now? So how can it resent?
The Elder: Listen. The White Death is the farmer.
Ladybug: So we're the plums. We're the plums?
Lemon: It don't make sense! Why are you motherfuckers using metaphors?
Like Ladybug and Lemon, I don't quite understand the analogy that The Elder was trying to make here. Who are the plums, and who is the hungry man? And why would the plum(s) "not resent the hungry man, but the farmer [White Death] who planted the tree"? What did The Elder mean by his metaphor?