on outstanding qualities

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Posted by Petra on July 25, 1999 at 13:30:18:

In Reply to: Re: well put posted by MMMMarcia on July 25, 1999 at 08:46:58:

I didn't mean to put her down or anything, like I said, she was probably a rather nice person. Outstanding qualities, to me, would be something that goes above and beyond most of the rest of the population. In my view, Diana at one point probably realized that a life between protocol and gala dinners with the rich and the famous was empty and meaningless, and that in her position, it would be a good thing to put at least some of the many resources at her disposition to a use that would benefit those who were less privileged than she was. I commend her for that. This is what everyone should do when such incredible resources are just placed at their feet without them ever having to do anything for it. But it doesn't let her rise above the general population or make her outstanding in my view. Outstanding maybe compared to all those useless royals and heirs who spend their lives trying to find out how they can have the most fun. I know there are exceptions, but consider them rare. As I see it, with material wealth and an elevated position, there comes a responsibilty. The responsibility to do more than just attend fancy dinners. If one doesn't take that responsibility, they have my despise. If they do take it, that's good, then I respect them. But to be considered outstanding, they would really have to do outstanding things, even more than what I think they should do anyway. That's why I say I respected Diana as doing pretty good things, but outstanding is still more than that. Outstanding requires doing things that are hard and difficult to do, to do more than what is easily done, to give what is hard for you to part with... You know, things like that.

Got to go... take care... hope I don't come across as offensive, don't mean to... :-)

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