Bear in mind that the wonderful things that you learn in your schools are the work of many generations, produced by enthusiastic effort and infinite labour in every country of the world. All this is put into your hands as your inheritance in order that you may receive it, honour it, and add to it, and one day faithfully hand it on to your children. Thus do we mortals achieve immortality in the permanent things which we create in common.
-Albert Einstein (to schoolchildren) in 1934
The greatest treasure of the earth, of our solar system, is the living edge of human history: humanity.
It must, with great effort, be re-created with each generation.
Everything else in life that we do, ultimately we do for the maintenance and improvement of this sacred treasure that we are a part of, and take part in.
We understate the importance of family, and especially of parenthood, when we say that it is the most important thing.
It is the only truly important thing.
If your family extends beyond your immediate bloodline, and you cherish the potential within more than just your children; if you give your best to see that potential realized and celebrated, then you have achieved the highest excellence.