Ben Franlkin on being “manly”

Not either a conservative or liberal issue, but the site “The Art of Manliness” really reflects on the fall of young men now-a-days are unable as young boys to have fantasy play of good and evil (cops and robbers), young men can’t even carry a utility pocket knife to school without a criminal charge, only to end up playing “Grand Theft Auto” in their spare time hours on end.  Many of the posts are manly specific, but some of it is just great advice for anyone like ‘how to leave a good voice mail’.

Ben Franklin and the virtues every man should have.

The 13 virtues….

  1. “TEMPERANCE. Eat not to dullness; 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 employ’d 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; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.”

 10. “CLEANLINESS. Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, cloaths, or habitation.”

 11. “TRANQUILLITY. Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.”

 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.”

 13. “HUMILITY. Imitate Jesus and Socrates.”


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