It becomes very evident, a large part of the time, that although groups of us seem to be working together toward a common goal, we are really working toward our own personal goals and that we may as well be alone with our tasks. We’re all looking in different directions and different motivations for the common effort we are involved. This can and does work the majority of time when we are discussing our activities in the workplace, on an athletic team, or in an educational environment. It does not work as well, or at all, in family or personal situations, in politics, or in a large number of athletic endeavors. Working for the common good in a family, working in a field dedicated to serving others, or belonging to a team requires attention to what you’re doing and how you’re doing it, not only to what you want or can get out of it; the people involved must not be looking different directions, but in the same direction. They each must, in their own hearts, have committed themselves to working together in a positive fashion, not to have separate interests and goals that do not mesh with their commitments. Once we’ve made the choice to follow a certain path shouldn’t we do so to the best of our ability?