Analogies are fun. And it's not by accident that I characterize the 'group' as being similar to a bar of metal. "We are to regard the mind not as a piece of iron to be laid upon the anvil and hammered into any shape, nor as a block of marble in which we are to find the statute by removing the rubbish, nor as a receptacle into which knowledge may be poured; but as a flame that is to be fed, as an active being that must be strengthened to think and feel - to dare, to do, and to suffer. - Mark Hopkins, Induction address as president of Williams College, 1836." Good quote - but... to suffer? Those were harsher times.
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