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In December of 1945 General George Patton died in a hospital bed in Germany At his funeral his longtime friend Dwight Eisenhower remarked that He was the genuine article a man who not only knew who he was he loved who he was He fought for what was right and he fought hard He was the classic soldier Ike alluded to the classic soldier in his eulogy to illustrate an important point He wanted everyone to know that Patton was the type of soldier who never faded away he was that rare breed of warrior who was the same throughout time But there are few things in life that can transcend time and place Excellence becomes pass passion fades and life itself is ephemeral a fleeting moment in the ceaseless march of time The true testament to durability and greatness that humanity has to offer comes in one form the classic Whether a novel an aria a statue or a mind the classic is the language of brilliance F Scott Fitzgeralds novel The Great Gatsby can easily be dubbed a classic as it has stood the test of time The staying power of Fitzgeralds words comes not in their ease of understanding or flow but rather in their collective and constant truth These qualities make it a true classic in all formsFitzgerald makes it eminently clear that materialism and greed are corruptors of humanity and that they are the paths to misery The rampant avarice that pervades the Long Island air in Gatsby corrupts all it touches like a heavy noxious fog hanging over the story Aside from Nick Carroway all participants in the tragic tale are madly in love with money The Buchanons are only interested in the acquisition of wealth albeit for different reasons Daisy Buchanon seems to love money simply because it has dominated her life She has known nothing but opulence and splendor her entire life and that splendor replaced family
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