A common logical fallacy is that of the false dilemma: the proposal of two apparently opposed ideas, with the reader or listener expected to reject one and thus acceptance of the other. The thesis that ‘struggle is a more important measure of success than accomplishment’ is an example of such a fallacy; a subtle and non-directed one, to be sure, but a fallacy nonetheless.
The achievements of somebody who struggles to overcome huge obstacles to achieve modest goals are simply of a different, and not comparable, nature to those of the well-prepared, ably-assisted, and naturally-gifted individual who achieves the truly exceptional. Both are admirable; both serve as inspirational examples.
The example of the struggle to overcome obstacles to achieve is a staple of fables both ancient and modern; certainly, it is a staple of American film, from ‘The Mighty Ducks’ to ‘A Beautiful Mind’ amongst innumerable others. But the implication that we should ignore the truly exceptional, if achieved from an already privileged position, is something I cannot support.
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