"Goodness is not tied to greatness, but greatness to goodness." Greek proverbIf I'm understanding this proverb, possessing goodness does not necessarily lead to greatness; but one cannot attain the stature of "greatness" unless one is also good. If we no longer hold this to be true, then our definition of "greatness" has eroded.
I don't find it Calming to contemplate this; it's sad. As for the Carrying On part, well, I learned long ago that the only reward for goodness (or integrity or whatever you want to call it) is whatever inner peace comes from having done what feels right. That's Carrying On by default. Not much joy in it.