There is a concept that the heirs of an individual get the blessings of their predecessor.  There is a legal structure allowing individuals to designate their means to their progeny, or any others they wish.  It has been observed that those receiving the goods for which they have not worked, do more poorly with them.  As an example, look at the Hiltons and compare the founder with the granddaughter.  This concept applies with more than just the material.  The ability to perform well in the operating room is preceded by attempts at surgery, experiments with antibiotics, research with pressures of fluids and recognition of components in the blood.   The present abilities are there because of previous advances in understanding.  One can utilize the advances and understanding provided by the predecessors, or one can waste the inheritance pretending that the present situation is normal and won’t change.  Consider this concept applied to morality of the nation and read here.