One day a man looked up and noticed a treasure more enticing than any treasure ever seen. Upon his cry of delight, the people around him noticed it too. A small crowd immediately gathered. The excitement quickly turned to consternation since no person could reach the treasure.
The man evaluated his surroundings.
“You there! Help me up!,” he spoke to the nearest man.
Awash with a new surge of excitement, the crowd quickly embraced (and unwittingly stole) the idea and began hoisting each other.
Faster than the people could physically move, their minds began to unconsciously pool. With the treasure still out of reach, their minds could only reach one conclusion: it would take yet more people to form a strong enough foundation to reach the treasure.
The crowd began to assemble. People began to rise above the mass, hoisted overhead by the collective effort of the crowd. Boots stood on shoulders and arms locked as tightly as their grip allowed.
The pyramid arose.
A testament to the collective effort, the crowd watched the form rise high overhead.
But curiously, something changed.
The pyramid became so solid that people stood aside, unable to reach in and contribute. While some men struggled with bearing the great weight overhead, some stood aimlessly to the side, surprised at the newfound freedom.
And in that moment, the human mind adapted. While so many were concerned with supporting each other, men began to notice that they simply need to climb across the existing human framework to obtain the greatest chance at grabbing the treasure. They immediately began a climb to the top.
Still others noticed this, and upset with the apparent unfairness, they began to wail. Those people bore enough weight that releasing their attention would squash their own selves. They struggled on.
Those on the ground, unhampered by the weight, yet able to evaluate the grand construction with the most encompassing view, noticed the long climb. They also noticed how those at the lowest position in the pyramid carried many connections to those above, yet did not feel the effects of such a distributed load.
Their minds began to evaluate.