If by sacrificing your life you could contribute so much to the world that you would be honored in all nations, would you be willing to do so? If so, would you make the same sacrifice knowing that someone you thoroughly disliked would receive the honor while you went unrecognized?
So the idea behind a sacrifice is that something valuable is being given up for the greater good. The credit for it shouldn’t matter. If someone is willing to make a sacrifice, then they shouldn’t be thinking about what they get out of it, even if it’s posthumously. Yeah, if any sacrifice on my part would bring about a positive contribution to the entire world, I wouldn’t care about whether or not I got the credit. And I wouldn’t care if someone I didn’t like got the credit either. Apparently, I’d be dead. I’m pretty sure I would have better ways to occupy eternity than in dwelling on who in the world remembered my name.
*The Question of the Week can be found in The Book of Questions by Gregory Stock, Ph.D.