Show that the sequence $a_n\leq a_{2n}+a_{2n+1}$ diverges

We are given a sequence $(a_n)$ such that $0\lt a_n\leq a_{2n}+a_{2n+1}$ for all natural numbers $n$. Show that $\sum_{n=1}^\infty a_n$ diverges.

I attempted the question as follows. Consider, say, \begin{align} S_7 &= a_1+(a_2+a_3)+(a_4+a_5)+(a_6+a_7)\\ &\geq a_1+a_1+(a_2+a_3)\\ &\geq a_1+a_1+a_1 \end{align}

But I have no idea how to generalise this to show that the sequence diverges.

• You're not new here -- you must know the guidelines... what are your thoughts on the question? Sep 13 '17 at 12:34
• Hint: Try a proof by contradiction. Suppose the series $\sum_{n=1}^\infty a_n$ converges to $\ell$. Now, try to arrive at a contradiction using the mentioned inequality. Sep 13 '17 at 12:40
• Hint #2: Notice that if the series converges, we have $\ell\leq\ell -a_1$ and furthermore we know that $a_1\gt 0$. Can you take it from here? Sep 13 '17 at 12:44
• @PrasunBiswas - Sorry but how did you arrive at $l\leq l-a_1$?
– user443782
Sep 13 '17 at 12:49
• @KaranKaran I guess, by summing the inequality from $n=1$ to $\infty$. Sep 13 '17 at 12:51

Take any natural number $n$.
Then $\displaystyle \sum_{k=1}^{2^{n+1}-1} a_k = a_1 + \sum_{k=1}^{2^n-1} ( a_{2k}+a_{2k+1} ) \ge a_1 + \sum_{k=1}^{2^n-1} a_k$.
Thus $\displaystyle \sum_{k=1}^{2^n-1} a_k - \sum_{k=1}^{2^0-1} a_k \ge n·a_1$, by induction.