Today I took my dog for a walk. I went to a meadow covered in snow. The snow was not very deep but it was about a foot high in some parts, and in order to avoid sinking into patches, I had to walk along a path that was stomped in by other people's constant use prior. I took my dog along for about a mile. The path had a few turns and made a giant L the swiveled off into an S. It was cold, and although my dog had no trouble going off the trail, I would have sunk it big patches of snow and had lots of powder dip into my shoes and dampen my socks.
On the way back I was very tired and I began to walk faster and pay less attention to the path. I walked off into patches and felt my feet sink and I got colder and I found that although the path was longer, it was worth it's length, less I'd be frozen footed. I thought, if I wanted to make my own path I would have to prepare more, by using snow shoes, by trudging through a different route many times, or by taking a route that others would follow me into because that would level the snow.
I realized that the path had symbolism. If the people who created it had walked in a direction that I found more pleasing then I would have had an easy time in the first place, but they didn't. The Symbolism is that one way through difficulty is often created by those who walk it first and create a path for others to follow through.
Look at the way we live our lives today. On every corner there is a fast food restaurant, big businesses have all the money and weave it out to us for unreasonable amounts of effort, and religion is a focal point in many people's lives, a crutch for them to keep optimistic of the struggle that is life- which without religion may seem worthless.
It all started from that one being who took his path way through the hardship and made a way for others to follow. Whether it was Roy Crock (McDonalds), who supplies the world with an answer to hunger; Our founding fathers of America, who made it possible for one to employee others; Jesus Christ, who said I am the way the truth and the life (like Osiris), all had one thing in common. They went through a struggle before some one else, and succeeded.