Genghis Khan created the Mongol Empire in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. He ruled most of Asia and even parts of Europe. His word affected the lives of millions of people.
Today, he is just one more chapter in the rise and fall of empires. And most people have never heard of him, let alone think of him with any regularity.
Almost all of the most important, influential, and wealthiest people of our time will be utterly forgotten in just a few generations.
(Adapted from Joseph Goldstein’s book Mindfulness.)