Heroes Come in Wholes
"[I]f John Brown's case teaches us one lesson, it's that heroes come in wholes. Success makes some of the difference; moral luck plays a role. But we can control quite a lot of the character that takes a lifetime to build. Had John Brown's life been less than exemplary, we'd be queasier about admiring his willingness to leave it."
Susan Neiman, "What Makes a Moral Hero?" ABC Religion and Ethics (6 June 2012)