How important is "being nice" in the ethical scheme of things? In my mind it almost counts as a confusing element that you need to see through to get at the truth (or worth) of an individual.On the other hand ,it can be seen as the final word. If we were to discover that Winston Churchill had sold his brother into white slavery to fund his education would that totally eclipse the admiration we might otherwise hold him in ? (or is it "in which we hold him", Winnie?) So is it the icing on the cake ,without which , we have to suspect that the individual doesn't really merit our admiration -or a potential cloak of deceit -a Trojan Horse? Or is it just a physical/social attribute we just take for the (limited) amount it is worth?