Cai Yan wrote:If Cao Cao was born in an influential family like Yuan Shao and had greater power in court, would it necessarily mean that he would have a smoother road ahead or will he end up like Yuan Shao? Discuss.
Dian_Wei wrote:I think Cao was born into a commoner family, and then adopted into the Cao family. Im not 100% sure on this but i do know he is adopted.
jiuwan wrote:If Cao Cao was born into an influential family and had greater power in court, I would say that he would have been mediocre. He still had talents in him that would seperate him from Yuan Shao. He wouldn't make the same bubbling mistakes as Yuan Shao. Nor would he have been content in holding the same lands as Liu Biao.
My theory is that the reason why some of the most talented people were commoners is because they lived everyday with hardships. Nobles, on the other hand, were spoon fed and had pretty much everything handed to them. I'm not saying that's the case for all, I'm merely generalizing.
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