If we have plenty of it, like a rubber band, it makes us versatile and responsive. We become useful and multi-purpose.
If we have some of it, like the limbs of a bow, it enables us to store energy and channel it in a determined direction for maximum impact.
If we have little of it, like rebar, we keep our shape and offer support. We provide structure and security.
If we have none of it, like glass, anything other than our intended purpose could destroy us.
We could be like oobleck or non-newtonian liquid. Flexible most of the time but behave like a solid when placed under percussive shock. We call it the dancing-goop phenomenon. It’s pretty cool.
It’s also quite helpful.