Attempts at understanding life
So recently in my English class, we’ve been studying William Shakespeare’s Play Macbeth. My teacher mentioned that we probably never would have known about Shakespeare had some of his friends not published the First Folio. That got me thinking: while Shakespeare got lucky through the diligence of his friends, how many others do not have a place in history?
Thomas Edison, Susan B. Anthony, Amelia Earhart, Winston Churchill. What do all these people have in common? Well, they’re famous, that’s for sure. But, something else they all have is luck. Don’t get me wrong, all four of these people had to work very hard to get to their positions, but their luck comes from the time period they were born in. For example, had Edison been born maybe 20 years later, someone else likely would have popularized the light bulb before he had a chance to get his hand in inventing, likely making Edison just a side figure in history, no one especially important. But, because Thomas Edison was born when he was, someone who might have been the one in our history books lost their chance to be at the forefront of invention.
Not only do people born in the wrong decade get cheated out of fame, but also those that are affected by external factors. Stephen Hawking is an exception to my above statement, but he is one of few that have overcome such difficulties. What if the man who was to invent flying cars was killed in a car accident before he started research? What if the woman who would’ve created the magic bullet to cure cancer was discouraged from going to med school by her parents, causing humankind to wait another 50 years for a cure? What if someone with exceptional music skills was forced to be a basketball player, only because the market demanded it? And the worst thing is, we would never know if something wonderful that someone would have thought of hadn’t been created or discovered.
Don’t get me wrong, I like Einstein, Disney, Da Vinci, etc., but I can’t help but wonder about those that migh have made our world a better (or worse) place had they been given a chance. As the world may have it, not everyone can have a place on the international stage.
Let us have a moment of silence for all those that we have missed.
Thanks for reading,