True Greatness

by Don Boudreaux on May 13, 2009

in Complexity & Emergence

There is a large inverse relationship between someone’s greatness of character and the likelihood that that person will one day be immortalized in marble or in history books.

Society progresses only through the countless decencies, creative acts, honest exchanges, and faithfulness to responsibilities performed daily by millions of persons, nearly all of whom will be forgotten within a few decades of their deaths.  Unfortunately, the monuments we humans build are chiefly to conquerors, tyrants, arrogant pretenders, and buffoons — persons who, through the very acts that win them their ‘honor,’ help to undermine the progress promoted by the decent, unheralded many.


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