In the following parable, the names have been changed to protect certain individuals, and to avoid potential lawsuits. The national championship game between the Donkeys and the Elephants is tied at 100-100 with one second remaining. The Elephant’s all-star forward is at the free throw line with one shot left and the game in his hands. He misses. The game goes into overtime, and his team loses. The media shifts into high gear, focusing on the missed shot and all imaginable story lines (he was a nice kid with a good GPA; he scored 30 of the teams 100 points; he had the highest free-throw percentage in the league; he must feel just awful after letting everyone down…) Not a word is mentioned about the other 200 points that were scored in the first 47:59 of the contest. Unraveling offense, defense, strategy, athleticism, match-ups, the ebb and flow of emotions, skill, luck – all the stuff that affects the outcome of the game – is difficult. Picking apart the last second shot is easy.
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