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If I had to guess I would always err on the side of saying that someone else also had the same thought I had, or came up with the same (or very similar) idea, theory, philosophy I came up with. Or that sooner or later someone will.
I don’t believe that there are things, ideas, theories, philosophies only certain individuals could have discovered, invented, or developed. I believe that the cult of a certain individual is nonsense (saying that had this or that person never been born we wouldn’t have this or that, that we would be deficient in some way).
Of course (to me), had Prince, David Bowie, Freddie Mercury, Micheal Jackson, Eminem, Frank Sinatra, Jim Carrey, Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Beyonce, Bjork, Amy Winehouse, Oprah, Madonna, Cher, Ella Fitzgerald, J.K. Rowling, never been born we wouldn’t have them and we wouldn’t be able to admire their work (nobody else would become them), but also, nobody would miss them, because we can only miss someone we knew existed. Thus, had those human beings never existed, there would be no loss for us.
I understand that it might not be politically correct to say that, but that’s the truth. Whom do we miss nowadays who never even walked this earth? Tell me the name of only one such person (“person”? — can I call someone who never existed a “person”?).
But we would know other people. Other people would become our role models. We would become fans of other people. We would admire the work of other people. In short, not this person then someone else. That’s the truth.
As to visionaries, inventors, thinkers, philosophers, I believe it’s ludicrous to assume that only one person in the entire word could have had a certain idea, thought, lightbulb moment. There is no reasonable ground we could base such assumption (theory) on.