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October  2023 – Newsletter

From the East: Rodger Ellingwood

When Benjamin Franklin was twenty years old, he created a system that he believed would help him develop his character. Here are Benjamin Franklin’s thirteen virtues as he described them in his Autobiography:

  1. Temperance: Eat not to dullness. Drink not to elevation.
  2. Silence: Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself. Avoid trifling conversation.
  3. Order: Let all your things have their places. Let each part of your business have its time.
  4. Resolution: Resolve to perform what you ought. Perform without fail what you resolve.
  5. Frugality: Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself: i.e., Waste nothing.
  6. Industry: Lose no time. Be always employed in something useful. Cut off all unnecessary actions.
  7. Sincerity: Use no hurtful deceit. Think innocently and justly; and if you speak, speak accordingly.
  8. Justice: Wrong none by doing injuries or omitting the benefits that are your duty.
  9. Moderation: Avoid extremes. Forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.
  10. Cleanliness: Tolerate no uncleanness in body, clothes, or habitation.
  11. Tranquility: Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.
  12. Chastity: Rarely use venery but for health or offspring; never to dullness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another’s peace or reputation.
  13. Humility: Imitate Jesus and Socrates.

Brother Franklin would focus/reflect on improving a virtue each week and monitor his progress on improvement. With 13 virtues and 52 weeks in a year he would cover each virtue 4 times a year. Although he felt he fell short on achieving what he was striving for he felt he was a better man for it.

As Masons we take good men and make them better. A study by Duke University in 2006 “found that more than 40% of the actions people performed each day weren’t actual decisions, but habits.” Can you make a habit of Brother Benjamin Franklin’s virtue improvement process to become better?

WB Rodger Ellingwood 803-493-8030

W.B. Rodger Ellingwood


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