How do we recognise people who died in vain?

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Don Barzini answered

Pick someone who is now gone, passed away, someone average and nondescript. A peasant, a nobody, a middle-class lifer. Someone whose name will never appear in future historical records. Point to most any gravestone you find. There they are.

Chances are, in the grand scheme, they lived AND died in vain. As will the majority who ever live.

The rare exceptions are those whose existence changed the world in some measure. It is they who deserve recognition.

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carlos Striker
carlos Striker commented
Z we have difficulty in remembering our actual heroes even when they are blown out of proportion by media and when do we ever get around to under achiever albeit their contribution?
Don Barzini
Don Barzini commented
Indeed we do; and, we don't.

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