Greatness Appeals to the Future

#Trust30 Prompt of the Day: “Greatness appeals to the future. If I can be firm enough to-day to do right, and scorn eyes, I must have done so much right before as to defend me now. Be it how it will, do right now. Always scorn appearances, and you always may.”  – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Emerson is saying that no great deed will ever be accomplished if the doer is focused on how others will respond to her action or process. I am always amazed at the forward-thinkers in history. Great praise is heaped upon them for alone imagining a future, and this is only right. Often the most amazing thing they did was to dream, act, and obey despite opposition from their peers. Noah is the father of those who do what others consider ridiculous because it must be done. If I care too much about others’ opinions of me, I will do no great thing. If I listen to the “sense” of sensible people I will never participate in the present opportunity or the future unveiling.