13 Virtues by Franklin

I’m reading <The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin> and find this precious practice quite interesting and challenging. It’d help one a lot just following blindly.

  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 extreams; 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 dulness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another’s peace or reputation.
  13. Humility: Imitate Jesus and Socrates

I decide to practice…..

#1: I’ve been eating cravings only – Result is quite good. Eating less makes my body light. There’s still room to improve on drinks – high but not drunk.

#3: Most but not all my things has their places. Maybe I should resell or give them away when mission accomplished. About my business… I don’t have much lol (books, work, workout, rest, chill) hence they have their time.

#4: Classic. I feel it’s easy for me to set up a goal at work and make it. But in life…. too lazy to find one. 🚨Good Catch

#5: I’m bad at it. Feels like I can save a lot of food, paper cups, clothes if I start being frugal.

#6: No doubt. Have been and will keep treating everyone with sincerity.

#9: Hard but good to try.

#10: A little vague but I guess I can define cleanliness. Not too oily, alcoholic in body. No stains on clothes. Clean the room every other week.

#11 Classic.

Not to 100% follow….

#2: Say something helps building relationship rather than keep being silence. Although it’s good to speak valuable stuff, the right approach is to speak first and try to speak better.

#6: Does wondering on road / staring at sea mean lose time? To me, they are necessities just like good rest.

#8: It’s impossible to do things without hurting anyone. The only possibility is the matter weighs nothing

#12: Hmmmm hard to say. Need to explore more and come up with a routine.

#13: Little knowledge with Jesus / Socrates. But maybe replace them with Confucius / Mencius also works?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s