“We stand at the crossroads, each minute, each hour, each day, making choices. We choose the thoughts we allow ourselves to think, the passions we allow ourselves to feel, and the actions we allow ourselves to perform. Each choice is made in the context of whatever value system we have selected to govern our lives. In selecting that value system, we are, in a very real way, making the most important choice we will ever make.” — Benjamin Franklin
On this day in 1706, Benjamin Franklin, the most famous Founding Father never to be President of the US (except now for Alexander Hamilton, of course), was born in Boston, in the colony of Massachusetts. He ran away and moved to Philadelphia, the city with which he is most closely associated, at 17. It is impossible to adequately describe Franklin in the small space of this blog, but in addition to serving as minister to Sweden and France, he was the first US postmaster general, he was an inventor, a writer, a printer, diplomat, activist, philosopher, etc. There was truly very little that Franklin had not done. Courtesy primarily of “Poor Richard’s Almanac”, which was written under the pseudonym Richard Saunders, he provided us with many adages that survive to this day -like the very true “Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead” and the equally true, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”, and many, many others.
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