"One can never see, or not till long afterwards, why any one was selected for any job. And when one does, it is usually some reason that leaves no room for vanity. Certainly, it is never for what the man himself would have regarded as his chief qualifications."
My favorite excerpt from the Silent Planet - in The Space Trilogy by C. S. Lewis. An extraordinary read. I think I get it in overview, but in actuality I'm sure I comprehend very little. It stretched my thinking and caused me to consider eternal culture from a new and yet deeper perspective. Even if you wouldn't consider science-fiction your preference....try it. It's completely unique. After all it's C. S. Lewis.