Upon reading Benjamin Franklin’s Autobiography, the part where he discusses his conquest to conquer virtue, I just stopped and sat there in silence for a long while. I am one of those people who try to be the best they can be, but after reading his ideas I began to wonder if I’m trying hard enough. The virtue that he stated that I think is my best is the justice one. And he states, “Justice: Wrong none, by doing Injuries or omitting the Benefits that are your duty.” I think this one is my best because I don’t like hurting people. I am, of course, talking both physically and emotionally. In fact, when looking at it from the opposite perspective, I love making people feel good. So if I can give you a compliment, I’m not going to withhold it from you. And I’m not going to cause you injury.
The one on his list that I feel like I’m a total failure is the industry one. “Industry: Lose no time- Be always employed in something useful. And cut off all unnecessary actions.” Well I don’t know about you readers but as for me, there are alot of activities I do for the fun of it. I mean I like reading a good book! Is that book going to benefit me later? Probably not. Sometimes, I like watching TV too, and some of my shows have no real value. I just like watching them.
I don’t know if the way he kept track of his progress was all that, what’s the word, truthful. I mean, I think he probably tried his best to be honest, but I think one will find the true answers to how we act by asking those around us. I do think there is some value though. I think it’s good to keep ourselves accountable to our decisions. So him keeping track like he did was keeping him accountable to himself every day.