How the Ubermensch Got Into Harvard

Friedrich Nietzsche philosophizes on where luck and skill come into play

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It’s easy to feel bad when life kicks you in the shins. It’s easy to think it’s all your fault that your days are dark, cold, lonely, crummy and plagued with tedium. It’s also just as easy to think that on lovely days when everything is right with your world, that you somehow earned your comfort and prestige and that cool refreshing drink you’re sipping on your sun-dappled veranda.

But both outlooks are wrong. Chance plays a huge part in everything from who our parents are to how many zeros are printed on our pay stubs. No matter what, it’s never entirely your fault—or anyone else’s.

(c) Jessica Hagy, 2012

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