But, Shriver says, watching his father taught him that it’s often harder to be good than to be great. “And that’s what my dad did incredibly well, and … I hope some of the lessons I’ve learned from him will be helpful not just to me, but to others who are struggling with this dilemma of whether to be great or to be good.
think it’s possible to be both - in fact, deeply believe that without the first, you cannot truly be the second. i’m not yet a great person, a history-changing figure for anyone. but i am a deeply good person. it’s tough to overstate how much satisfaction, comfort and solidity there is for me in that.
when i stop treating people well, it means there’s a deeper conflict happening inside me that i need to look at, learn from, and grow through. (i’m actually, now that i think about it, not sure how i’d know what was going on with myself so clearly without that barometer.)