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13 Virtues of “The First American”

01 Jul, 2013 1 comment Career

Among the Founding Fathers of the United States of America, one name stands out distinctly above the rest – that of Benjamin Franklin. Also referred to as “The First American”, he was undoubtedly the foremost American of his day with a vision of unity and diplomacy unlike any other individual.  A scientist, diplomat, inventor, philosopher and businessman, his talents were multifarious, yet he remains to be a rather mythical figure in the popular imagination of contemporary world history. Franklin was a man of many virtues, and his emphasis on a living a virtuous life is reflected well in his autobiography – he lists out 13 virtues through which he’d sought to better his character. Throughout his lifetime, he practiced these virtues in one form or the other and while he did fall short of his plans at times he always believed in the strength of the attempt made. Franklin also believed in working on one virtue at a time, while “leaving all others to their ordinary chance”. The 13 virtues as developed by Benjamin Franklin were:

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Best Places to Hike in the United States of America

20 May, 2013 0 comments All life areas

For those who spend countless days cooped up indoors in offices, a chance to explore Mother Nature cannot be passed up. The beauty that nature offers us is unparalleled. Plus, the only way to see such things is to actually get out and walk. Snowcapped mountains and waterfalls are not visible from the office window, and even if they are, seeing them up close doesn’t compare to that rooftop view. There’s also a simplicity that comes with having everything you need to survive in a backpack, leaving behind all the distractions of modern life. And you get to learn a lot about yourself; from lessons such as patience and perseverance, hiking will offer you a glimpse into life that you never had before.

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