“The first messenger, that gave notice of Lucullus’ coming was so far from pleasing Tigranes that, he had his head cut off for his pains; and no man dared to bring further information. Without any intelligence at all, Tigranes sat while war was already blazing around him, giving ear only to those who flattered him.” -Plutarch, Lives
Care way more about the message.
Care way less about the messenger.
We’re all deeply flawed, but we’re still trying to do the best we can with what we have. That in & of itself is heroic.