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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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