What Does It Mean to be Great?

Greatness, a word we hear almost always from preachers, teachers, parents and all around us while they try to encourage us or give us a r...

What does it mean to be great?
Greatness, a word we hear almost always from preachers, teachers, parents and all around us while they try to encourage us or give us a reason to do more for ourselves. There's this particular line I hear most of the time, they say "not every man is born great but every man has equal opportunity to be great". That equal opportunity part may live a lot of you grumbling like; that's not true!
If you pay attention to the statement it says, not every man is born great, admitting that some were born great; there is no denying that we all have equal opportunity to be great. We all breathe the same air, step on the same earth, have the right to life just like the great-born. 

So now to the big question: what does it mean to be great? Greatness is relative, true, why did I say that? Greatness is not achieving success and the whole world celebrates you, greatness as I see it is a state of discovering yourself and the ability to reconcile it with your world and leading a life worthy of emulation. Mahatma Gandhi was not a rich man by world's economic standards but he was a great man, he achieved greatness. What I see these days are lots and lots of rich and wealthy men but not great people. A great man doesn't have to be religious but he has to pursue self discovery religiously: that been said, it is only a religious mind that can be godly and a truly godly man can achieve greatness.

Greatness is achieved in living a selfless life; giving yourself for others to benefit from without plans of enriching yourself or taking advantage of anyone in the process. Jesus was a great man by all standards, He came just to die for mankind and He did without thinking for Himself but for His mission to the earth. Albert Einstein did all for the advancement of science, he gave himself to scientific research and by his works science took a great leap. Sir Isaac Newton, Alexander Graham Bell, Aristotle, Socrates - all these men gave themselves in pursuit of knowledge that is benefiting us today and they all did selflessly: that is greatness.

Alexander Graham Bell
The world today is plunged into war, famine, terrorism, degradation of our ecosystem, hatred build-up, corruption in government and many more social vices all because of selfishness. Everyone now wants to extort his neighbor for profit forgetting that the people that struggled for this technological advancement did to better mankind and not for selfish gains. This greed being coined as pursuit of greatness has blinded a lot of people and what we now celebrate are rich extortionists who care less about the world or how we fair in it as long as their pocket is full and their bank accounts fat.

Greatness is a life guided by truth, lead by purity, planned for by love, achieve through humility and principled by integrity. Greatness is a deliberate act of living for others, not forgetting yourself but being less conscious of yourself and more conscious of the greater good.

Being great is a worthy cause.



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What Does It Mean to be Great?
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