Benjamin Franklin 13 Values Analysis

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Compare and Contrast of the Thirteen Values:
The Thirteen Steps to Success.
Benjamin Franklin is a very popular image of early American history. Franklin had many successes; a politician, an inventor and a newspaper printer. All of these helped to develop the new America. One major reason for his successes is due to the set of thirteen values he created for himself. These included; temperance, silence, order, resolution, frugality, industry, sincerity, justice, moderation, cleanliness, tranquility, chastity and humility. On page 142, in the Literature; American Experience Volume One Franklin states, “I determine to give a week’s strict attention to each of the virtues successively.” In the long run, these goals were very difficult to remember
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Benjamin Franklin was a large political figure, and had to do much public speaking. His goal was to never use hurtful deceit, to think innocently and justly, and to speak accordingly. When in interaction with other politicians this was very necessary! This would also do much good with people today. We need to watch what we say and how we say it. Many terms we use as slang can be very offensive. A golden rule to remember is, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.” We must filter what we say, what we say is a direct reflection of who we are. When we speak with consideration of those around us we will all get along to a much greater …show more content…
I interpreted this in two ways, being clean is also a direct representation of who you are, but cleanliness can also be a mental thing. It is important to look clean and put together, especially for Franklin because he was a political figure, a beacon of the United States. If he was disgusting and dirty, people would perceive the U.S. to be that way as well. Everyone has a name, something or someone that they represent, it is important to present it well. As far as mental cleanliness, it means you are having pure thoughts, your mind is open to new ideas and perspectives. As a teenage girl, I don’t go through the same trials as Benjamin Franklin, but both he and I have something in common; when we keep our minds open and clean we can both attain success. I know that I need to keep an open mind in order to get along with

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