Take foot, throw high

Sometimes we can see how a father throws his child in the cold water in order to harden its immune system. Foot in hand, hands on arms, prepare, jump. A couple of seconds later the kid is in the water with all the spray coming straight into our face. The kid is happy to have caused big splash and large ripples, while we were caught unprepared. Distrustful how this father could enjoy seeing his kid fall, we move away.

We realize years later that the goal of throwing is to send people as high as possible, even to a place we've never been before. This might seem idealized, considering how rarely it happens in today's reality. Many people aren't even ashamed to find hidden joy in seeing how those around them fail. In the process, it's clear why everyone stays on the ground.

Sometimes we watch films, but omit important patterns somewhere between the frames. Especially if the interesting scene lasts only two minutes in the whole film. If you have watched the beautifully animated “Final Fantasy VII: Advent children”, this might happened to you too. It's a movie about the recurring theme of fight between the good and evil. Two gangs of animated characters fight each other in front of us while we enjoy whizzing sparks and other effects. The story isn't particularly the strong side of the film, at least I couldn't understand it fully. But a scene made a big impression on me. A huge monster that throws fireballs from its mouth is threatening to destroy all good people on the ground. They aren't particularly powerful, but they are good friends. Everyone of them has a different strength: some are deeply caring, some can fight with a sword, some shoot with mini-guns, some can suddenly disappear, some throw boomerangs etc. But they all are on the ground and that fireball-shooting monster is flying in unreachable heights, which makes all their weapons useless. They need to find a quick way to reach it, before they die. So they start seeking platforms to climb on. And in the process, they start throwing themselves high, realizing that the fastest way to reach new heights is to throw others and be yourself thrown. That isn't entirely problem-free, as this monster isn't alone. But due to their collaboration, they manage to “send” at least one guy so high that he can actually hit the monster directly with his sword. It's highly idealized, but it illustrates very well the power of collaboration done right. There are two basic movements: one horizontal, which relates to the trust between the one giving the foot and the one putting the hand, and one vertical, which relates to the equality of advancement with the long-term goal to sustain it.

Have you similarly seen inspiring examples of positive collaboration that can enrich how people relate to each other?