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If intelligence, conscientiousness, grit, drive, determination, etc were as visible as height, it would be immediately obvious why some people succeed and others fail. These traits are not evenly distributed. Some have them in spades, others don't.

The real myth is that "everyone has the capacity for success," and people who don't have success are "kept down by the system." These are feel good stories. If the only thing keeping everyone from eudaimonia is a broken system, then we fix the system and, presto, everything is great.

The hard pill to swallow is that differential life outcomes stem largely from differential capacities.


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