The Greeks invented tragedy. Shakespeare explored its every facet. Hollywood is more ‘goodies’ and ‘baddies’. But does greatness invariably end in disaster? It depends on what you think great is.
Most of the ‘great’ men I’ve met have been greatest in either stature, ego or self regard. Far fewer in warmth, kindness or humility.
It’s this simple I reckon: if you’re great on the backs of others – expect one day to fail and fall.
If you’re great for and because of others – great of heart, integrity and kindness – you may stumble, but I believe you will never truly fall.
Why? Because those you have truly cared about and cared for will reach out to catch you in your hour of need, and will gently forgive you your honest mistakes.
The only greatness worth having is that which is earned for, from and freely bestowed by others.