“I’m great.” That’s a standard response whenever you ask someone, “How are you today?” It’s kind of funny that we throw around the word “great” so easily. Of course, in this context, it’s an acceptable response. No one actually means “I’m the best in my field.” It would be cool to assume that’s what the person meant, though. Be like, “Really? You’re great? What’s so great about you? Jeez. All I was doing was inquiring about how life is treating you and then you get all cocky on me?” Most likely, he’d rapidly walk away, in a great hurry.
So, we use “great” a lot. It is a universal concept. Though maybe it does say something about the hemispheres’ value systems that the Great Soul in the East (Mahatma Gandhi) is a man who led India to freedom and The Great One (Wayne Gretzky) in the West is a hockey player.