Pinball machines reflect the way people live their lives. Most people are the balls bouncing here and ricocheting there as they move at the command of where they touch and what others do to them until they fall down into a hole and are out of the game.
Then there are the few that are the flippers. They save people and send them back into the game to try again. They win some and lose some, but the flippers in life, like flippers in pinball, are who make the difference in the game of life.