Defy irate monks, but not to form an elite order of nimbles and clevers

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In my younger and less grammatical years I found the “carrot and stick” analogy very confusing. Surely the carrot that was dangled in front of a lazy, carrot-loving animal to make it move had to be tied to the end of a stick? Otherwise the mule or llama or alpaca would simply eat the carrot and sit down again...

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