Are you playing tug-of-war ?
Here's an incredible analogy from Incipient(thoughts): "Picture a team--say, six people--arranged in a circle around a round manhole. Each person on the team is holding on to one end of a rope, the other end being attached to a four- or five-foot pole which dangles into the manhole. The team's objective is that the lower end of the pole should NOT, under any circumstance, touch the walls of the manhole, while keeping the upper end as high as possible. This is constructed as an exercise in balance. The team's collective responsibility is to keep the pole centered. If someone pulls too hard on their end of the rope, they will cause the team to fail just as surely as if they failed to pull hard enough. 'Work' in this metaphor is achieved by pulling hard. 'Value' is achieved by keeping the pole dead center and high. "
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