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Friday, March 15, 2013

The Team Player Paradox

Once there was a basketball team that had a major problem—the team put team loyalty above effectiveness. Rather than making a basket, they always tossed the ball back and forth sharing basket-making potential equally among everyone. Thus they never scored because they put being a good “team player” above winning.

This is a metaphor for the pitfalls of socialism; but not for socialism alone, but for Christian humility as well. Effectiveness must always be a standard addressed even if that means individual achievement must now and then outshine team player modesty. True humility focuses on effectiveness and celebrates exceptional achievement even when others' support and service are not emphasized and in a sense become invisible.

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