The World Is a Liar!

In case you missed this:

"In a way, the world is a great liar. It shows you it worships and admires money, but at the end of the day it doesn't. It says it adores fame and celebrity, but it doesn't, not really. The world admires, and wants to hold on to, and not lose, goodness. It admires virtue. At the end it gives its greatest tributes to generosity, honesty, courage, mercy, talents well used, talents that, brought into the world, make it better. That's what it really admires. That's what we talk about in eulogies, because that's what's important. We don't say, 'The thing about Joe was he was rich.' We say, if we can, 'The thing about Joe was he took good care of people.'"—Peggy Noonan, "A Life's Lesson," on the astounding response to the passing of Tim Russert, the Wall Street Journal, June 21-22, 2008

(Truth is, and Noonan acknowledges this, I thought the Russert-mania was a little over the top. As in, "Stop the press, decent human discovered inside the Beltway." Nonetheless, Ms Noonan's assertions about what matters, and what doesn't, with which I agree 100.000%, are well worth repeating ... again & again & again.)