In the end, unfortunately at a funeral, the real purpose of life is recognized by everybody, religious and non-religious alike. After-all, no matter how wealthy or famous or intelligent the person was, these are not the things that they mention at upon his passing. Rather, what they do speak about is the person's kindness, his compassion and his connection, however slight, to the ideals of Judaism and Torah. All of the person's other worldly pursuits are not even mentioned. In the end, the truth comes out. Everyone admits to the falseness and vanity of a life that is devoted mainly to pleasure and recognizes the true purpose of life (Rabbi Yaakov Meir Shechter).
Dr. Zev Ballen