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Benjamin Franklin was a gifted and successful man yet like the rest of us he has flaws He was dedicated to improving himself however and set out to eradicate these flaws In his autobiography he provides a specific list of the virtues he seeks to acquire and he is much less specific about his faults Several are revealed in the narrative of his journey to Philadelphia however they are not revealed through direct statements but rather through his actions In this excerpt from The Autobiography Franklin never tells exactly why his brother was angry with him though Franklin does admit to being saucy and provoking Presumably this character flaw practicing the virtue of silence would remedy the anger Franklin left Boston surreptitiously and he deceived a ships captain about why he needed passage and thus neglected the virtue of sincerity The face that Franklin set out on the journey to Philadelphia without money or prospects indicates that he was also neglecting the virtues of moderation and cleanliness Although he neglected these virtues Franklin served well on the journey showing ambition His purchase of three large rolls was an example of his intemperance and lack of frugality but he remedies these flaws by giving the bread he has not eaten to a woman and her child Finally falling asleep in the Quaker meeting house violated his sixth precept industry which states Lose no time Be always employed in something useful Still it is easy to imagine him falling short in the discipline of daily self-examination If anyone could live without committing an fault at any time it would probably have been Benjamin Franklin he was a man who got things done Franklin nearly always accomplished what he set out to do How successful was his project for moral perfection Were the character flaws of the 17-year-old boy smoothed out or eradicated by the strict program Franklin established for himself Its fair to guess that like the
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