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Did Benjamin Franklin followed the 13 virtues he practiced?

Posted on: January 23, 2022

Benjamin Franklin was born on January 17, 1706. He is credited by many achievement and inventions and was one of the founding Fathers of the Revolution, and the first ambassador to France

At age 20, while contemplating what he needed to do to develop a good character, Benjamin Franklin created a list of 13 virtues and thereafter sought to practice them in his daily life. Almost 300 years later, they are still commendable.

1. Temperance. Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation. (Eat and drink moderately? I eat everything, in moderation and I cannot drink more than a glass of anything)

2. Silence. Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation (if you practice mostly silence, you’ll Not learn how to speak?)

.3. Order. Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time. (A disorganized, not filthy, place at home is occasionally a productive environment)

4. Resolution. Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve. (And what if you failed? Is it the end of life?)

5. Frugality. Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e., waste nothing. (Great resolution since most food can be used if we do Not hoard. Many people are sick persons when they hoard everything they stumble upon, even trifles, and never get the courage to part of them)

6. Industry. Lose no time; be always employed in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions. (Apparently, boredom is a great source of mental resources)

7. Sincerity. Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and, if you speak, speak accordingly. (Deliver on what you promise. Learn Not to promise and do your due diligence)

8. Justice. Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty. (Justice is different than fairness)

9. Moderation. Avoid extremes; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve. (Have passions but do Not overdo them)

10. Cleanliness. Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, clothes, or habitation.

11. Tranquility. Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable. (Hard virtue to maintain if you have a strong ego, and care about how people will react to your tranquil attitude)

12. Chastity. Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dullness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another’s peace or reputation. (Anyway, males react to women needs and temptations)

13. Humility. Imitate Jesus and Socrates. (They were Not that humble: they were engaged and acted decisively when wrong was done)

The portrait of Franklin is by the French painter Joseph-Siffred Duplessis and is in the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh.

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