There was a farmer who grew excellent quality corn. Every year he won the award for the best-grown corn in the county. One year a newspaper reporter interviewed him and learned something interesting about how he grew it. The reporter discovered that the farmer shared his seed with his neighbors. “How can you aﬀord to share your best seed corn with your neighbors when they are entering corn in competition with yours each year?” The reporter asked.
“Why sir,” said the farmer, “Didn’t you know? The wind picks up pollen from the ripening corn and swirls it ﬁeld to ﬁeld. If my neighbors grow inferior corn, cross-pollination will steadily degrade the quality of my corn. If I am to grow good corn, I must help my neighbors grow good corn.”
So it is with our lives. Those who want to live meaningfully and well must help enrich the lives of others, for the value of a life is measured by the lives it touches. And those who choose to be happy must help others ﬁnd happiness, for the welfare of each, is bound up with the welfare of all. Call it the power of collectivity. Call it a principle of success. Call it a law of life. The fact is, none of us wins until we all win.
Adapted from Aaron Avner