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  •  The real irony of the "loner hero" (3+ / 0-)
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    gravlax, Dave in Northridge, fumie

    the Lone ranger had tonto as well as the love and support of villagers he helped.  He had friends as well he could rely on.

    Luke Skywalker had the help of a whole crew of friends and then eventually succeeded as part of the rebel alliance.

    Even the "self made man" who moved to the city for his fame and fortune had an entire SOCIETY there to support him and encourage him to succeed in one form or another.   After all, when was the last time you saw some hermit living in the woods suddenly appear rich and famous?  Never.  People who are rich and famous get there because they have all the priveledges and benefits that our SOCIETY has provided for them.

    I always say, it is hillarious that someone who gets rich in our modern cities/society - gets rich because of access to people, and education and technology and discussions, etc - suddenly has millions and believes he did it solely and completely by himself and shouldn't have to pay any taxes back to the society that helped him get that fortune in the first place.

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