I remember long ago, as a kid, sitting in class in fourth grade. One of classmates said something I’ll never forget.
The teacher was going on and on about Columbus, and why he was such a cutting edge “genius” of his time, boldly going where no man has gone before (just like captain Kirk) when my classmate asked a question that stopped Missus whatshername dead in her tracks:
“But if he didn’t discover America, somebody else would have, right?”
She tried to explain, unconvincingly, that Columbus was indeed a hero that deserved our respect.
But my classmate asked again, “I don’t know what the big deal is. Some could just come across in a motorboat.”
She didn’t have an answer.
There’s a minority of historians that believe history isn’t really dependent so much on historical figures, like most of us are lead to believe.
The vast unfolding of humanity will happen whether we like it or not. Sure, there’s guys and gals who happen to be “in charge” at the moment and they get all kinds of credit in the history books, but that may not be the case.
They may just be lucky. Being in the right place, at the right time. After all, huge changes in human history don’t usually happen because one or two goofballs have a couple of interesting ideas.
They happen because of the massive, almost impossible to comprehend forces of human nature that drive millions of people to action, like some super conscious brain.
Not some “look at me” politician giving some speech.
This, of course, is just a theory. Mass movements in human history generally happen unexpectedly, and it’s our curious human nature to try and put some kind of reasoning, but often times, no reason can be found.
On a personal level, many people feel the same way. They feel as if their lives are in the hands of “fate” and there’s nothing they can do.
If you’re OK just “accepting” whatever “fate” has to offer you, then I suppose that’s OK.
But on an individual level, you’ve got MUCH more power than you think.
In fact, there’s plenty of people alive today (I’m sure you know some) who told “fate” to take a hike, and then they got busy creating their OWN fate.
You can do the same.