The World is a Liar

An excerpt from Peggy Noonan article in relation to the outpouring of support at Tim Russert’s death in 2008.

“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 care of people.”

Before returning the Tom Peter’s book to the library today, I had to get this quote out of it.

These are the quotes that make you realize – life ISN’T all about the work. But, since we are at work most of the time, it is best to have principles, treat people well and do a good job.

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