Okay, now please tell me: how did they move the piano?
Some years ago in our meetinghouse in Darmstadt, Germany, a group of brethren was asked to move a grand piano from the chapel to the adjoining cultural hall, where it was needed for a musical event. None were professional movers, and the task of getting that gravity-friendly instrument through the chapel and into the cultural hall seemed nearly impossible. Everybody knew that this task required not only physical strength but also careful coordination. There were plenty of ideas, but not one could keep the piano balanced correctly. They repositioned the brethren by strength, height, and age over and over again—nothing worked.
As they stood around the piano, uncertain of what to do next, a good friend of mine, Brother Hanno Luschin, spoke up. He said, “Brethren, stand close together and lift where you stand.”
It seemed too simple. Nevertheless, each lifted where he stood, and the piano rose from the ground and moved into the cultural hall as if on its own power. That was the answer to the challenge. They merely needed to stand close together and lift where they stood.
My initial thoughts emphasize "standing." In other words, the brethren held their ground, stood where they were and lifted the piano hand-over-hand to get it into the gym. This would make it easier to get it through a tight door, since nobody would have to walk through the doorjamb.
Bret maintains that the emphasis is on "close-together." He reasons that the issue was not spatial constraints, but strength density. The brethren stood close together to allow more of them to contribute, and they all walked into the cultural hall.
Please respond with your analysis, so I can include it in my lesson.