That man is a success
who has lived well, laughed often and loved much;
who has gained the respect of intelligent men
and the love of children;
who has filled his niche
and accomplished his task;
who leaves the world better than he found it
whether by a perfect poem
or a rescued soul;
who never lacked appreciation of earth’s beauty
or failed to express it;
who looked for the best in others
and gave the best he had.
— Robert Louis Stevenson
“Success has become a god that rules over many aspects of our lives — education, business, politics, sports, to name some. If we devote ourselves to success in one of its many concrete forms, if we pursue achievement with great zeal, we are convinced we can fulfill our life’s purposes. We do not care much that our success often depends on another’s failure. We do not see that the crucial factor is the honest effort we make rather than the result we achieve. Success is a contemporary god. It demands, and often receives, the exclusive service the Mosaic covenant reserves to God alone.” — (The Idolatry of Success) “Out of the House of Slavery: On the Meaning of the Ten Commandments” by Brian A. Haggerty (1978) p.29-30.