If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life.
Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive.
Somebody invested in roads and bridges.
If you’ve got a business -- you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.
Contrary to Al Gore’s claim, neither he nor government research created the internet. Educational institutions and private research companies did. The original research that led to the development of the internet started in the UK in the early 1960s. The first “net” in the United States, circa 1969, linked the School of Engineering at UCLA with a non-governmental research firm, SRI International. A couple of years later, Utah and UC-Santa Barbara joined that net, and by 1972, there were about 15 schools and research firms in the net.
In 1981, the National Science Foundation did unveil its Computer Science Network, but by then, commercial internet service providers (ISPs) were sprouting up, and within a decade the NSF’s net closed. By 1995, the internet was free of the controls imposed by the original developers.
In the mid-90s, the first web server appeared at CERN in Switzerland, where the world’s first super collider was being built. At about this time, perhaps one per cent of the exchange of information was passed over the net. After the appearance of commercial ISPs, the net flourished, and by about 2009, more than 97 percent of all electronic two way communication passed over the net.
I do believe as Professor Weston and most Americans do, that God created the entire universe and still actively superintends it. But I also believe that he made Abraham what we would call a successful man, with huge flocks and broad lands, while others worked for Abraham as shepherds, and cooks and laborers who depended on Abrahams’s success for their sustenance. Ol’ Abe was out in front and exposed, and most of the others would not have changed places with him on a bet.