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Morality in general is the act of directing the actions of men so as to produce the greatest possible amount of happiness Legislation ought to have precisely the same object in view -Benjamin Franklin Benjamin Franklin known as one of the most famous Americans of the 18th century was born on January 17 1706 Franklin was born and raised in Boston Massachusetts along with his 16 siblings He became known for his various jobs starting out as a printer and publisher and moving on to become an author inventor and scientist and diplomat During Franklins 84 years of life he stated many famous quotes which still seem to be relevant today such as the quote written above This quote must have been stated while Franklin was involved in politics separating the American colonies from Great Britain or while helping with the Declaration of Independence and US Constitution Benjamin Franklin was a man more concerned with the problems of daily life rather than his public service He made many contributions to society by establishing institutions including a fire department library an insurance company a hospital and an academy which soon became the University of Pennsylvania Franklins contributions show that he felt strongly about morals and the happiness of others The quote explains how morals are concerned with right or wrong and the distinctions between them A moral man is fair and has good principles He is dependant upon moral law Franklin is trying to explain that if a man has unfair or unjust morals he and others in society will not be satisfied however if a man has fair morals society will be thankful Franklin states that legislation must also think the same way they must realize that they must try to make the people of the country happy therefore they must make fair laws with no discrimination towards any human being He is hinting that legislation can be morally wrong at times because justice
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