To what extent does the community where we live affect one’s character, development, career and so on?
Can a genius grow up among the poorly educated, or an athlete among obese people? Likewise, how can an atheist live in a country that is governed by religious rules?
To be more specific, here are some examples from the present:
If Jack Ma(1), founder of Ali Baba, was born in a country that hardly produced or sold anything, could he have established Ali Baba? If Travis Kalanick(2), founder of Uber Taxi, was born and living on a small island and never needed the use of a taxi, could he have come up with this idea and made the application still? What about the founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg(3), if he were from an emerging country that had little time or capacity to focus on university education, he probably would not have gone to university and helped develop the concept of social media.
Now, how about some examples from the past:
Most probably we could never have had the chance to talk about Ibn-i Sina’s (Avicenna in western languages)(4) success in the field of medicine if he were from Europe which was very reactionary about such matters at that time. If Plato(5) were born in an isolated community in South America, which was an unknown place to many at that time, we would have never benefited from his knowledge. Besides, Attila the Hun(6) would have never been himself if he were from a nation living in peace!
Obviously, eras, regions, religions, cultures, and conditions contribute to creating their heroes, geniuses, entrepreneurs and so on.
So, maybe we ought not to be too smug and remain idle while a chicken living in a coop transforms into a wild wolf and howls at the Moon?
Drafted by Oguz Yilmazlar