A new look on the idea of accomplishments

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When something is accomplished to whom is the credit due? Upon examination, all accomplishments (failures too really) seem to have more than just one contributor involved. Is there ever a circumstance in which only one person can receive all the credit for an accomplishment?

Take the instance of an upcoming singer songwriter. On his debut album the musician comes up with a new guitar playing technique never before heard in the world of stringed instruments. The album is released and the world is amazed at the new sounds coming from the guitar tracks. Soon, other guitar players are perfecting the technique even further than the original player, and they are writing their own songs using the technique.

It can be said that those new songs could not have been written until someone had devised the technique. So do those songwriters lose a share of the credit? Who truly deserves the most acknowledgment for this new wave of songs?

To go even further. What about the first person to build a guitar? Don’t they, in however small a way, deserve a share of the credit for every song ever written that features a guitar? Or what about the first person who ever started woodwork? Or the first person to ever cut down a tree?

It doesn’t take much effort to see that we are heavily intertwined. We all share ideas and improve upon projects previously established by someone other than ourselves. You are in fact a result of accomplishments already made by people who came long before you. Think of how different life would be if no one had ever invented the wheel. You would not even exist as you are now.

Of course in the interest of saving time, we cannot list every factor that contributed to the fruition of all accomplishments. The list would be endless, but it is a philosophical truth when I say that no one deserves full credit for any achievement. The credit for the way things are goes to the motions of nature and the universe. We have yet to see an achievement that was not dependent on preexisting conditions established by someone other than the achiever. All causes are essential in the composition of an effect.

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