my history-homogeneity thesis

Crud that happens (cf: the definition of history as ‘just one damn thing after another’) ensures that there is no advantage, in terms of creating one’s legacy, simply by virtue of being born at a later time. (cf: “What can be done, with care perform today. Dangers unthought-of will attend delay.” — Benjamin Franklin) A slave in ancient times had as much potential to affect our present level of civilization as the ancient king – indeed, probably more, since the authorities of the time are focused on their present, but the slave is free to think about the future.
keywords: progress, equal opportunity