Imagine you’re in a backyard or a park, I’m not sure why. For some reason you’re told you have to clean up and remove all of the loose leaves, maybe it’s your job or maybe the person who told you to do it is just really bossy. You don’t have a rake or any other gardening tools so you start moving leaves into a pile using your hands and your feet.
Every time you get close to clearing up all of the leaves, a gust of wind comes and blows them around again. You don’t have any plastic bags or anything to cover the leaves with so you lie down on the pile to try to flatten it. It works for a little bit but as the wind blows, tiny pieces of leaf escape from underneath you.
You still have other leaves to collect but you can’t reach them from where you are lying. You know that if you get up, the wind will sweep all of the leaves back off the pile. You realise that even if you were able to collect every leaf, you have no way of getting rid of them anyway so it’s pointless.
Is it better not to move and to keep the majority of the leaves pinned beneath you or is it better to just give up because you don’t have the right tools or resources to remove every leaf from the park (or backyard or wherever)?
Or maybe there is a better solution?