Over the past ten days I have completed a chart on Benjamin Franklin’s virtues. My group and I have added three and put all of the virtues in order from most important to least important. We have also “deleted” one out that we thought was least important. The one that was removed was Franklin’s virtue, “Industry”. Industry was sixth in order on Benjamin Franklin’s list. Industry meant that you have to do something useful and productive each day. In my own mind and personality I believe that every job is an important job. I have a different view towards things and I personally believe that everything in life is purposeful. To me, I also believe that any one of his virtues could be removed because there is a reason as to why each one is not extremely important to be on there.
My group came up with the order to have the most importance to least importance. Our order starts with Justice follows by Moderation, Silence, Tranquility, Open-mindedness, Media awareness, Sincerity, Humility, Avoid theft and destruction, Resolution, Order, Frugality, Cleanliness, Chastity, and ended with Temperance. The reason we chose to put these in this order was because we did it by how you treat and respect others to how you treat and respect yourself.
Over the course of the ten days I have struggled in the same way each day almost. One thing that did not shock me was that I did not have one day where I have not had any mistakes, meaning that I did not violate a virtue. Mostly I have violated the virtue “Silence”. I believe that the reason for this is because I like to talk. I might seem quiet but when I am home I never shut up. I always want to talk and I always have something to say. Sometimes I even just like hearing myself maybe. It’s not really funny but I do constantly talk.
On wednesday December eighteenth I have started my task at completing what I violated. I have violated the virtue of tranquility that day. Then on thursday I violated silence and cleanliness. Friday it was moderation. Saturday happened to be silence. Sunday was tranquility. Monday was both moderation and tranquility. Tuesday was silence. Wednesday was moderation and silence. Thursday was justice. Friday was resolution.
The virtues that I have violated were sadly the ones that we have chosen to be the most important. The most important, Justice, was violated once. Justice means to not hurt others, serve others and take responsibility for your actions. I violated this by not taking responsibility, I believe that I am always right, such a girl thing, and when I came to realize I was wrong, I did not own up and take responsibility. The second most important is Moderation which I violated three times. Moderation means do not overreact and hold grudges. I violated this by clearly overreacting and holding grudges.The third most important is silence which I violated four times. Silence means to speak with a purpose and only if it contributes to the conversation. I explained why I violated this already, not wanting to repeat. The fourth most important is tranquility, I violated this virtue three times. Tranquility means to not sweat the small stuff, which I do all the time so it’s an easy violation for me as a stressed person. The tenth importance is resolution, this means to set goals and stick to them. I wanted to have my blog done on friday night but thats has not happened. I violated this virtue once and just noted why. The thirteenth virtue is cleanliness, I violated this once because I had not had my room cleaned. Cleanliness means to be clean, everywhere, not just your body.
This experiment has taught me that you, I, anyone has to work harder to be a better person. To me the virtues are there to show you what you need to do to be well adaptable to be in any situation and be a good person. This task has really been interesting to see where I have failed and where I have not. I am extra surprised at how hard it was to follow each virtue. This list has taught me what I need to work on and what I am okay with. I do find this list helpful and I hope everyone else does too. To me this list means for everyone to be a better person and respect and make the world better. A reasonable way to make yourself and the people around you more kind is to follow the virtues list.