BEN & ME ~ From Temperance to Humility--Stumbling Through Ben Franklin\'s Thirteen Virtues, One Unvirtuous Day at a Time
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|Title||BEN & ME ~ From Temperance to Humility--Stumbling Through Ben Franklin\'s Thirteen Virtues, One Unvirtuous Day at a Time|
|Publishing Date||1st January, 1970|
One man’s abortive adventure to alive up to Benjamin Franklin’s acclaimed virtues. Because readers already apperceive that Franklin could never alive up to the 13 virtues he advocated, it’s no abruptness that Gunn was clumsy to finer chase them either. Unfortunately, there’s absolutely annihilation at pale in this agile experiment. Gunn is not about as characterless as he claims to be. He’s a acknowledged balloon advocate in a anatomic alliance with advantageous children. He’s overweight, balding and allegedly slothful, but his activity doesn’t assume to appeal any cogent moral or ethical overhaul. Thus, the book becomes added about airs than self-improvement, admitting the self-deprecation on every page. Gunn always assures his admirers that he’s not aces of Franklin, again gain to abort in circuitous means at attaining Franklinian perfection. All the clairvoyant is larboard with are a few acrid end-of-chapter jokes about the author’s disability to be virtuous—e.g., Gunn’s attack at embodying the advantage of “Frugality.” The columnist bootless at actuality frugal by misinterpreting the acceptation of the word, mistaking accidental acts of generosity for frugality. To his surprise, his act of affairs breakfast for a drifter is interpreted as a awful come-on. The acute moment in the affiliate on “Sincerity” occurs back Gunn tells his wife that she’s an amazing person. The affiliate on “Chastity” acutely presented a botheration for a adherent husband, and all the columnist can aggregation are a few platitudes about the accent of advice in alliance and that “trying new things calm can additionally activate romance.” His attack to chase Franklin and imitate Jesus and Socrates in “Humility” concluded up with an epiphany apropos his own accessible hubris. His closing thoughts? “The abstruse to actuality bigger is to try.” A egoistic self-help agreement that yields little.
Thirteen weeks. Thirteen virtues. Cameron Gunn considered himself a regular guy-a pretty good husband, father, attorney, and friend. But was there room for improvement? A reader of history and a fan of Ben Franklin (and weary of self-help advice that never seems to offer much help), Gunn decided to try a little experiment. He would attempt to live by Franklin's thirteen virtues, a list of lofty ideals the Founding Father held dear, as enumerated in his famous autobiography. Would Gunn's plan to improve his life, Citizen Ben-style, prove to be a brilliant reinvention of the self-help movement or a boondoggle of revolutionary proportions? By turns heartfelt, hilarious, and more than a little humbling, Gunn's adventure takes this ordinary man way outside his comfort zone and into a thicket of not-so-modern values. The result is an engaging mix of humor and history-with perhaps a lightning bolt of inspiration or two along the way. Prepare to get up close and personal with everyone's favorite Founding Father. Temperance * Silence * Order * Resolution * Frugality * Industry * Sincerity * Justice * Moderation * Cleanliness * Tranquility * Chastity * Humility
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