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I mean, you're just lucky you were born where you were, with the parents you have.

Even if you're smart, you didn't earn your brain.

asked Sep 22 '10 at 20:36

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Justin O ♦

edited Sep 27 '10 at 19:56

There are things, such as one's biological makeup, that are beyond one's control. So LeBron James is "lucky" to be born with great athletic ability. Also, one doesn't choose one's parents or environmental upbringing; in that regard, it's bad luck for many to have been raised in a fundamentalist-religious household. But there is free will and people can, in principle, make the best of their situation or fail to. Philosophy has advice (namely, a code of intellectual and moral values) to offer here.

(Sep 22 '10 at 21:55) Chris Cathcart Chris%20Cathcart's gravatar image

The issue is not whether one "earns" the brain but whether one acts in a manner worthy of one's brain. Those who envy persons with great intelligence and do not utilize their own intelligence to its utmost are not worthy of the incredible organ with which they were born.

(Sep 27 '10 at 21:04) ethwc ♦ ethwc's gravatar image

The place in which you originally find yourself in life (ie area you grow up, family, biological makeup) are beyond your control. However, as soon as you become a rational cognitive being you take responsibility for your "place in life". If you are born with subnormal intelligence, or subnormal athletic ability, and do nothing to try and improve these attributes then you have no one to blame but yourself.

answered Sep 23 '10 at 15:53

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