To realize the magnitude of this truth (that no man is an island), think of what writing a single letter on a simple sheet of paper entails; it will show you how all of mankind is the author of that single letter. Those who cut down the tree to make the pencil needed saws, and the saws were invented, designed and manufactures by others. Those who did this manufacturing work depended on buildings and machinery built by others, and design and the work of putting that building up and making the machinery came from others, as did all the equipment, the raw materials and the transportation used, the highways used to transport all those things, the networks of communication used to communicate orders, requests, information, timelines, etc. All needed the miners to mine all the raw materials, and the miners, in turn, needed the entire world to equally support their activities, including, as with any of the other contributors, the clothes used in daily work and life, the homes they retire to at the end of the day, the food eaten each day, and the water drunk to quench the thirst. From this it is easy to see that we are all together in living life on Earth, that no one is better that anyone else, and that it is certainly silly to consider oneself a self-made man in the tradition of the individual who thinks that he has accomplished his successes without owing a debt to anyone else.
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