role models: Thomas Paine, one of the founding fathers of the United States of America, author of 'common sense' pamphlet which channelled the desire for US independence through to action.

my country is the world, and my religion is to do good

Wikipedia states: 'He became notorious because of his pamphlets The Age of Reason, in which he advocated deism, promoted reason and free thought, and argued against institutionalised religion in general and Christian doctrine in particular.'

Lifelong rascal, agitator and opponent of slavery: 'Only six mourners came to his funeral, two of whom were black, most likely freedmen.'