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Max Antonucci

Journalist turned full-time coder, part-time ponderer.

December 29, 2020

For those who want to stay in power, it could be in their best interest to tell others, "one person can change the world."

The biggest changes in our society - civil rights, new technology, medical advances - couldn't have happened without many people working to organize, share, and learn together. Even stand-alone geniuses needed others, as Isaac Newtown said in 1675.

If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.

Someone believing "it only takes one person to create great change" is less likely to work with others. They're more likely to try on their own until they burn out, become cynical, and think change is impossible.

It dresses up division with pretty language, so people swallow it without seeing its effects. The leaders can frame any criticism of this as "insulting to human potential" and swat it away.

Something to remember the next time leaders talk about how much they want to change things for the better, they swear.