Fortune's Wheel is always turning. Boethius wrote the best book on that subject, The Consolations of Philosophy. Having been a major political player himself, he got sideways with an Emperor, was imprisoned (where he wrote his book), and at the Emperor's request, was taken into courtyard, strangled with cords until the eyes bulged from his skull, and beaten to death with clubs. I am sure Boethius took it philosophically. What lies beyond success can make failure look good by contrast. The mighty come to grief. The meek inherit, become arrogant in their turn, and fall again. How we integrate what might be called "wisdom traditons" with the new philanthropy is an open question. What monks were to the Middle Ages so MBAs are in our time, the keepers of the tribe's wisdom and sense of what life is. Maybe when Harvard Biz-School teaches the Vanitas Tradition (reminding us of our fraility, the brevity of our lives, and the unintended ways we endlessly subvert ourselves) we might have a real winner.