Men have been taught that the highest virtue is not to achieve, but to give.
Yet one cannot give that which has not been created. Creation comes before
distribution—or there will be nothing to distribute. The need of the creator
comes before the need of any possible beneficiary. Yet we are taught to admire
the second-hander who dispenses gifts he has not produced above the man who
made the gifts possible. We praise an act of charity. We shrug at an act of