Being the first at anything is just getting harder and harder in a world with thousands of years of history and billions of people.
In the beginning it was easy…go outside and you’ve discovered something new. Travel a little bit and you’ve discovered a lake or an ocean or a new continent.
But as time went on it became harder and harder to discover much of anything. Continents gave way to obscure mountains, lakes or caves. Space is still viable but you have to devote your life to living under government funding to be able to discover anything there. Plus, who really wants to have to earn a PHD in physics just to do so!
Back on Earth it’s all in how you spin it. From the tallest tree to the tallest specific type of tree to the tallest specific type of tree growing within an urban setting to the tallest tree specific type of tree growing within an urban setting that hasn’t been climbed by a kid.
Ah, the need to be first. Uggh.