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This is a metaphor of the futile and painful aspects of existence. Each of us works to keep ourselves alive and to perhaps one day work hard enough to be out of immediate danger. We persevere through pain in order to survive. The struggle is to manifest meaning out of this toil; there appears to be something or someone higher than ourselves that demands that we participate. To deny participation is death.