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God helps them that help themselves Poor Richards Almanack 722 a phrase commonly quoted from Poor Richards Almanacks illustrates the types of selfishness often seen during Benjamin Franklins time Or does it Is wanting and striving for a better self so bad Would the reader of such phrase think to himself Wow the author is really self-absorbed or The author must be a hard worker who values self improvement Either way the real question is why doesnt it say those that help others instead them that help themselves You are taught as a young child the importance of thinking of others first and group effort It is continuously reinforced throughout all areas of your life including school and work Everyone knows that at some time or another in your life you wont be able to do everything by yourself In other words youll need others and this is where the democratic community comes in However during the 18th century this was not the point The freedom of self-government we had struggled so hard and long for had become no more than a nights dream erased by the morning sun Democracy and self-advancement were in a race for the gold as Ralph Waldo Emerson and Nathaniel Hawthorne thought Benjamin Franklins ideas begged to differ He felt as though the democratic community and growing the ideology of individual advancement Individualism andvs Community 1306 could coexist together Franklin having risen from poverty felt that he wouldnt have been able to be a man of such distinction if it had not been for Government that encouraged the advancement of self He felt that without a Government no one man could be content with themselves or their works He even goes as far as to promote America to foreigners in one essay He says that Strangers are welcome because there is room enough for them all and therefore the old Inhabitants are not jealous of them
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