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When a child is born all parents have a vision of raising a well rounded well liked and successful child Parents often talk about all of the possibilities a child in the United States has available to them A new-born has the opportunity to be a doctor lawyer teacher police officer or even the President Impressions are made upon children through their parents teachers and society These important lessons play a major role in a childs personality and shape the fragile mind of a child Children learn from their parents and teachers the best way to be an integral part of society If the list of thirteen virtues given by Ben Franklin were taught to the new generation of kids I feel that in the future society would be filled with better and also more efficient intellectuals As a result the society as a whole would greatly benefit How can a list of thirteen virtues change society in the future After a brief overview of the list I was not impressed Maybe these would apply to Franklins day but not to the twentieth century With a few subtractions and additions the list of virtues may be a helpful tool in any persons life Temperance is first on the list and is the most important of the virtues As Franklin states some associate temperance with eating and drinking but this was not Franklins intention Temperance first as it tends to procure that coolness and clearness of head which is so necessary where constant vigilance was to be kept up and guard maintained against the unremitting attraction of ancient habits and the force of perpetual temptationsPerkins pg322 This is the most important of the list of virtues My interpretation of this is that one should always keep a cool head no matter the situation An example is the way that Hemingway portrays his characters in his novels and short stories In
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