Analogies Explain

About how analogies help us understand culture in one video and one minute.

Take sports. The one team has a clear strategy. Their formation on the field is in line with that strategy. Each player knows what their job is and how to do it. They communicate well among themselves and with the coaching staff. And can adjust to any circumstances on the field. They play as a team.

The other team does not have a clear strategy. Its formation on the field is unstructured. The players are in disagreement about who does what, when and how. Nor are their coaches completely in agreement. They don‘t play as a team.

Everyone in the stadium, listening on the radio and watching by television knows the outcome of the game. One team wins, the other loses.

What about in the operating room of a hospital? What is the effect on the patient if the members of the operating team – surgeon, specialists, assistants – don‘t work well together?

Is it any different in a political campaign?

Few of us have fought in war. But the fundamental dynamic is the same. The results, however, are far more serious. Those who understand each other and work as a team leave the battlefield with their lives.