Loving your neighbour is the critical element here (1/2)
Most educated westerners would have laughed at such a naive point of view -- there are quite a number of people in the world who have been brainwashed from a very young age not to attempt to change what is actually artificial, and been told that they are not Edisons so they could not have invented something new even if they had tried.
Neither fairness, equality, artificial inventions nor freedom of speech has been brought by some law of nature; rather, they were ideals proposed by a few "naive people" and succeeded in bring out the product after a serious of failures in most parts of the developed world, Edison's team effort was considered minute compared to other achievements attained by a huge group of angry young adults (joined by more people later) working very hard wishing for a respectable return (sometimes for their remaining children as well as others') and therefore finally changing how each of their society runs.
In the past, the wealthy would engage in extremely luxurious activities which wasted away a lot of precious resources. People around the world have managed to force them to give up some of these resources to enhance the development of the greater society. This is what actually happened and written down in most history books. Not that the wealthy has become poor or devoid of luxurious entertainment; in fact, the wealthy has become extremely wealthy due to improvements in the public sector and technology unimaginable in the past has brought greater choices to the wealthy class.
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