Monday, February 27, 2006

Ben Franklin lived working with 13 virtues to improve. I am not this good, but like the idea:

1. Temperance: Eat not to dullness and drink not to elevation.

2. Silence: Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself. Avoid trifling conversation.

3. Order: Let all your things have their places. Let each part of your business have its time.

4. Resolution: Resolve to perform what you ought. Perform without fail what you resolve.

5. Frugality: Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself: i.e. Waste nothing.

6. Industry: Lose no time. Be always employed in something useful. Cut off all unnecessary actions.

7. Sincerity: Use no hurtful deceit. Think innocently and justly; and, if you speak, speak accordingly.

8. Justice: Wrong none, by doing injuries or omitting the benefits that are your duty.

9. Moderation: Avoid extremes. Forebear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.

10. Cleanliness: Tolerate no uncleanness in body, clothes or habitation.

11. 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.

12. Tranquility: Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.

13. Humility: Imitate Jesus and Socrates.


so i look over this list, and think our president could learn from his past officeholders.....

brilliant interview this morning on "Forum" KQED - Bruce Bartlett (recently fired from his job) writes brilliant book on how current neo-cons are selling the economy to hell.

Comments:
which past office holders?

Should he be more like andrew jackson and just wail on folks he doesn't like? I think that would be pretty funny the first time or two.
 
Charles- Hate to ruin your idea of Ben Franklin, but he was not such a virtuous guy. He was a partier who had sex with a lot of skanky French chicks and apparently died of Siphilys.
 
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