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Defin­ing great­ness


If hu­man great­ness is de­fined by the will­ing­ness to ‘‘seize fate by the throat’’, as per Lorne Kuehn’s let­ter yes­ter­day, then those qual­i­fy­ing would ap­pear to in­clude At­tila the Hun, Te Rau­paraha, Mus­solini, the Ger­man guy with the Char­lie Chap­lin mous­tache, Josef Stalin, Ru­pert Mur­doch, and Don­ald Trump.

If, on the other hand, we de­fine hu­man great­ness as be­hav­ing with in­tegrity and aim­ing to leave the world a bet­ter place than we found it, we might pre­fer to in­clude such peo­ple as Malala Yusufzai, Dame Whina Cooper, Mo­han­das Gandhi, Nel­son Man­dela, Martin Luther King, Carl Sa­gan, and Greta Thun­berg. Gra­ham Townsend, Kennedys Bush

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