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further to Leila's idea (below)

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Jul 02, 2003

There's a very strong, elemental-- and, I believe, thoroughly healthy-- human drive to preserve and pass along one's family heritage. It's not just a matter of the family name, or genetic materials, or pride; it's more than that.

Consider this thought-experiment:

Imagine that sometime well into the future-- perhaps 150 years from now-- there is a bright young man who accomplishes something great. He finds a cure for cancer, say; or establishes world peace.

You will never meet this man; he will be born after you die. But you already admire him, don't you?

Now how does it change your attitude toward him when I add this fact:

He's your great-great-grandson.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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