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Without discipline and restraint where would this world be? Where would we be?
We all have someone or something we learn from or look up to. We can be told who to like or who to admire, but does it really work like that? No, it doesn’t. We all are given the power to choose from birth. But growing up everyone has two, or in some cases one, person they learn from, their parents. Their parents teach them discipline but restraint, well that’s something they teach themself. Restraint is something you’re in control of, you can chose to control yourself or not to. During a time referred to as the Age of Reason, those were the two main ideas that were practiced with much dedication and heart.
The Age of Reason brought about discipline and restraint. We all learn from different time periods and different time periods had different morals. Each time period leaves a large impact on the outcome of every ones lives.
Many powerful writers appeared during this time. One of the many is Benjamin Franklin, he wrote what he felt or what he was thinking or doing with his life. In his autobiography he spoke of the “thirteen names of virtues.” (131) This was the type of discipline that he tried to follow, and it required restraint on his part to try to follow these virtues.
“1. TEMPERANCE Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.”
“2. SLIENCE Speak not but what may benefit other 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 fall what you resolve.”(132) The first four of these virtues seem hard enough that it would take most of a person’s strength just to follow them. Yet these four not only show the need for discipline but the importance of restraint.
“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.
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“I hope, therefore, that some of my descendants may follow the example and reap the benefit.”Benjamin had hope for the feature, as we all should. He knew while making these virtues that they would require great discipline and a large amount of restraint to even come close to achieving even one.
Looking back at the Age of Reason it has had a major impact on the people of the time weather they agreed with the morals or not. It was what they practiced as well as what they knew and understood.
People chose who they are and who they want to become. But the Age of Reason had their minds and hearts in the right spot, they knew what it took, they just showed differently. One thing that made the morals of this time so hard to agree with was the fact that it was forced on the people. This becomes more noticeable when one begins to read the literature of this time.
Discipline and restraint are two very powerful words by themselves, and when put together they make for a more powerful force that can make or break a person. Benjamin had hope for the feature, as we all should.