Pope John Paul II's life showed that one person can make a difference in history, while great historical forces are set in motion by individuals, institutions and nature.
He helped bring about the end of communism while he misunderstood the liberating nature of capitalism. He falsely equated capitalism with consumerism and materialism.
He reached out to Jews and apologized for the sorry record of the Roman Catholic Church towards Jews while showing a tin ear at times towards them.
In short, he was a gifted human being who could not transcend the limitations of his ideological, institutional and philosophical starting points.
He will be missed.