And just the fact that you used the word attain instead of obtain, tells me you think the latter is fine.
We may never again attain the stature this president and his criminal cohorts have so brutally wasted in their headlong grab for oil money and power.
Sartre's existentialism may be understood in the sense that the degree of happiness which an individual can hope to attain is governed by his willingness to take his stand in accordance with his ethos and to accept the consequences thereof; this is a more austere interpretation of a philosophy admirably expressed by Nobel's contemporary, Ralph Waldo Emerson:
Indeed, the security which our children attain is likened to that of children in our ordinary third elementary grade.
I use the word attain because I believe this faith requires some ongoing effort on our part.