Who in history or mythology exemplifies the following traits: truthfulness, affection, courage, and kindness?

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History and mythology give us many examples of virtue. Here are a few you should consider.

The Greek orator Aristides was incredibly truthful, for which he was given the nickname "the Just." During his ostracism trial (a trial whereby Athenians could expel any citizen for 10 years), a blind man asked Aristides--not realizing to whom he was speaking--to write "Aristides" on his ostracism ballot. Aristides asked the man if Aristides had done him wrong, to which the man replied he had not--he was simply tired of hearing the name "Aristides the Just." Aristides demonstrated his truthfulness by writing the name "Aristides" even though the man could not see what he was writing.

Clara Barton is an excellent example of kindness because she worked tirelessly to promote humanitarian efforts. Most notably, she founded the American Red Cross. She journeyed as far as the Ottoman Empire to serve people affected by natural and man-made disasters.

Penelope demonstrated courage by remaining faithful to her husband, Odysseus, even after he had been missing for many years and was presumed dead. She had the courage to resist the advances of her many suitors and wait for her husband's return.

St. Francis demonstrated affection for animals because he believed they were God's creatures and thus worthy of care. He is said to have preached to the birds and even domesticated a wolf.

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