No matter how hard anyone works; no matter how intelligently; no matter how much money each person spends on building up his business; he cannot do it by himself. To start, each person receives an education, either in school from teachers who are paid by the community, or by his or her own parents who also received an education from someone.
Next, in order to get from here to there or from here to anywhere, one needs to travel on roads, built by others with community dollars; or by train, bus, airplane, boats, even bicycles.
There is water, electricity, sewers, gardens, playgrounds, traffic lights, automobiles, and so on and on. Each person does not have to reinvent the wheel. Each person builds his own business and his own experiences on the past.
Jumping to today, e-mail, cell phones, internet, instant access to information - all require satellites. And these satellites were put into space by the government through tax dollars and also, by private industry that received major financial incentives to do it.
We feel really old, quoting the founding fathers "we must all hang together or surely we will all hang separately," and yet, we cannot believe that one person alone, without the help of many others, can be successful at anything no matter how hard he works. We believe, as Obama tried to express it, that we all need
teachers, police, firemen, weathermen, road builders, aviation directors, air
traffic controllers, and so forth.
We hope that the narrow minded people who pretend to be insulted by the mere suggestion that someone else might have helped them grow are not that arrogant to really believe it.