I vaguely recall hearing a story. It might be a biblical story or an ancient Greek myth or something, but I can’t remember what it is or what the dude’s name is. Anyway, I want to use the story as a metaphor but I can’t find it.
The story is:
Dude is walking around and comes upon this giant knot. The people tell him that the knot is so gigantically big, that no mortal has been able to untie it, no matter how long they have tried. So the dude, being a smartass, takes his sword and simply cuts the knot in half.