A quarter million people died yesterday. One of them was famous. The rest are known only to God and to a tiny circle of friends and relatives. You never heard of them. You never will.
Many eulogies will be written for the famous man. The rest will do well to garner a single obituary. Some die alone–forgotten while they live.
The famous man will be remembered by many who never knew him while the other quarter million will be forgotten when their friends and relatives die.
13I have also seen this example of wisdom under the sun, and it seemed great to me. 14There was a little city with few men in it, and a great king came against it and besieged it, building great siegeworks against it. 15But there was found in it a poor, wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city. Yet no one remembered that poor man. 16But I say that wisdom is better than might, though the poor man’s wisdom is despised and his words are not heard.
13And I heard a voice from heaven saying, "Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on." "Blessed indeed," says the Spirit, "that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!"