In these times we always focus on the actions of individuals, in some cases as a culture we even idolize them, but this seems to be severely misguided.
That isn’t to say that people are irrelevant, but that individuals are irrelevant. The way that things are is a result of the times and the aggregate of all the people.
If it wasn’t Zuckerberg, Jobs or Gates it would have been someone else around the same time.
These people acted in their times, which is to say they were a product of their times, they are the result not the ’cause’ of what they do. We always seem to focus on the actions of ‘one man’, but the reality is that that ‘one man’ was nothing without the times and the people who did what he asked.
Maybe in order to understand why things happen we need to create some kind of focus, some point of worship, some great mover. The reality is that ‘we’ are all the great mover and all the product of our times. If it wasn’t us or them it would have been someone else.
“You can rise above yourself, But never the times that you live in.”
– Sam Roberts