Chekhov’s Gun and Human History

If Darwin had not have come up with the idea of evolution, some one else would. If Newton didn’t invent calculus, another person would have.  If Edison didn’t perfect the electricity and the light bulb, someone else would have invented them. If Einstein had not have thought of the idea of special relativity then some other individual would have.  In similar fashion, if Genghis Khan would not have carve his empire by killing millions of men, women, and children and crushing thousand of different peoples’, someone else would else would have.
All human events been triggered by like something like a historical Chekhov’s gun, or musket if you will. as Chekhov is quoted as saying, “If you say in the first chapter that there is a rifle hanging on the wall, in the second or third chapter it absolutely must go off. If it’s not going to be fired, it shouldn’t be hanging there.”
And so, throughout human history, guns have continually been keep so as for an individual to pick it up and fire it.  Each time it is fired, the consequences cause for another gun to be built and subsequently placed on the wall just high enough for some else to come a long and dare to pick it up.

History in the Future

In the future, American history books will claim that George Washington crossed the Bering Strait in the dead of winter and ended communism single handily by driving a wooden stake into the heart of vampire Stalin.