Published: Saturday, July 20 2013 1:05 a.m. MDT
Ben Franklin would know all about frugality. Living in mansions and castles,
drinking fine wine, and partying it up with French elites.
Ben Franklin's view of chastity was also frugal: "Rarely use venery but
for health and offspring." Of course, his idea of "rarely" was every
day and with whomever he could persuade into it.
Ben F. does make a great quote.Looking deeper into how he actually
lived his life might raise some eyebrows.Isn't that the way it
is with all of us mere mortals?
Wow...why the hatin'on Ben Franklin?(attempted rhyming
intentional)Is it possible he might have learned some of these virtues
from his more humble upbringing? And perhaps he attributed those virtues learned
while growing up to some of his successes later on in life?I wonder if too
often people look at a finished product and lament that those finished products
would know nothing about "what it's like in the real world". When
in actuality, it took much hard work and refinement "in the real world"
for those finished products to become what they are.
Good thoughts on frugality.We live in a society where excess is
often celebrated.Everybody wants the latest and greatest.Happiness is found in living within your means, whatever they are, and using
your means to help others.Going golfing everyday just because you
can doesn't benefit anyone, including yourself.Sometimes wealth
hurts people more than they realize.
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