Essentials of collaboration:
Once a man was thirsting at the bottom of a high hill.
His eyes saw the deer gathering at the brow of the hill to drink and his ears heard the splashing of water.
At the bidding of his eyes and ears the man began to climb, but his feet objected: “Why must we obey the ears and eyes and work so hard? The knees do nothing!”
So he began to walk on his knees.
Soon the knees complained: “What of the hands?”
Immediately he began walking on his hands, but the hands pointed out the futility of the climb since only the mouth wanted water.
Finally the man collapsed and died on the hill.
We, all of us, are the man and each part depends on the whole. No one is greater or less, no one is sufficient to himself. Thus says our ancient wisdom.”
Fable by James Kavanaugh and E. P. Dutton, New York 1980