Originally Posted by sylla1
Seconded. Names that spring to mind (among hundreds of others and why shouldn't we try to name them all?)
(Swiss) - founder of the ecumenical Taize community, where thousands of young people gather annually to think about the meaning of life Mahatma Gandhi
(Indian) - his constant pursuit of Everlasting Truth and leading his people in nonviolent resistance had all the marks of greatness
(Russian) - proved human courage, dignity and love for one's country can't be crushed even by most cruel and unfair persecution Franz Jagerstatter
(Austrian) - refused to fight for Hitler knowing he'd pay the highest price; simple guy found the courage bishops, scientists and intellectuals lacked Witold Pilecki
(Polish) - anti-Nazi resistance hero, volunteer to Aushwitz, tortured and executed as a "nazi"
Martin Luther King
(American) - moved by the Spirit to deliver the greatest speech in English language Sophie Scholl
- dared to go against the crowd, faced death with faith
None of them were perfect, but it doesn't matter. I suppose people are destined to touch greatness only occasionally - and a few did.
"Greatness" that enslaves, tramples and kills human beings in the name of "greatness" (imperial and such) had better
vanish from the face of the earth.