Progress doesn't benefit the Common Man, charity does.
Progress benefits the person who initiates it. When I take off the stock carburetor on my jalopy and put on the custom one, I turn it into a hot rod. My hot rod. When I buy a computer and learn to program it, I benefit, not the person staring at me in Starbucks. But enough with the analogies. When starving waifs were dying of the Pox in London and Charles Dickens wrote about it, he benefited not the waifs. When Tycho Brahe observed all the stars in the sky and started cataloguing them one by one, it wasn't the people around him in 16th Century Denmark who were benefitting. When you dedicate your life to improvement then you improve. The common man remains common, the layman lies, the ordinary Joe stays ordinary and all of the backwards, superstitious, ignorant people remain tied to their fate. Every advance in history has taken place amidst total ignorance of it. That doesn't change the truth of it, nor the force of that truth."
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