Are there historical religious figures that you respect? Any you have learned from?
Bernie Sanders is the current one who springs to mind. He's a genuinely good and humble human being who works patiently for what he believes in and does not care about how he's perceived. Now if he weren't disinterested in how he's perceived, so that he could close the feedback loop and improve his presentation a bit ... and if his wife were not in over her head with that college she was running ... but, I know, it's asking for too much [sigh].
It's like this for everyone in history that I respect. I can't ever seem to get them on an actual pedestal. It's both a virtue and a vice.
Martin Luther, Erasamus, Bart Erhman, Christopher Hitchens, Calvin Butts, Nelson Mandella, Michaelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci, General George Patton, MLK, Malcolm X, Thomas Merton, Hannah Senesch, Ahed Tamini. They all stood in defiance of Authority and faced opposition to expose the truth which cost them their lives standing up to what they believed to be the truth.