Well, the answer to this question takes into account several aspects. What are they? Let's take a look one by one.
We are citing below two stories, which talk about altogether different situations that occurred in two different time frames. But, the two stories when put together present before us a clear-cut example as to how the parent's morality contributes to the child's greatness.
The first incident-
Many years ago, Al Capone was a noted criminal in Chicago. He dealt in everything from booze, prostitution to murder. Al Capone had a lawyer nicknamed "Easy Eddie." Eddie's finesse at legal manipulation kept Big Al out of prison for a long time. Hence Capone paid him handsomely well. Eddie was indifferent to the suffering of the common man, but had a soft spot- his son. He wanted the best for his son. ...
One day, Eddie landed in a difficult situation. He wanted to fix wrongs he had done. He went to the authorities and told the truth about Al Capone, to clean up his corrupted name and offer his son some feeling of solidarity. Within a year, Eddie was murdered. But in his eyes, he had given his son the greatest gift, at the greatest price.
Now, the second incident-
World War II gave birth to several heroes. One such man was Lieutenant Commander Butch O'Hare. He was a fighter pilot. One day his squadron was on a mission, but due to the lack of fuel, he had to return. As he was returning to the mother ship, he saw that a squadron of Japanese aircraft was speeding towards the American fleet. It was practically impossible for him to reach his squadron and bring them back in time to save the fleet. Nor could he warn the fleet of the approaching danger. ...
Brushing aside all thoughts of personal safety, he charged into the formation of Japanese planes... attacking one enemy plane after the other. ...
Finally, the perturbed Japanese squadron set off in another direction. Deeply solaced, Butch O'Hare and his frazzled fighter landed safely. ...his gutsy attempt to save his fleet.
This happened on Feb 20 and Butch became the Navy's first ace of W.W.II, and ... However, a year later, when Butch was 29, he was killed in an aerial combat. The O'Hare Airport in Chicago is a tribute to the courage displayed by him.
So, how are the two stories connected to each other? How it shows greatness as a matter of parental inheritance... What are the other points we need to keep an eye on to achieve greatness in life? To know this and furthermore, read the complete article in Nov'15 edition of English Akhand Gyan Monthly Magazine.