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True Greatness

Posted By Don Boudreaux On May 13, 2009 @ 8:53 am In Complexity & Emergence | Comments Disabled

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. [1]

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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