Is Success Ever Earned?

The emptiness of commonsense congratulations

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There are winners and losers in most endeavors, but does anyone ever deserve to win at what they’re doing? Reflexively, we’d think that, of course, some victories are earned. But let’s look at what has to happen to produce a victory, to confirm whether the commonsense idea of earned success makes any sense.