Franklin’s Reasoning

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In Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography Franklin speaks of human reasoning, explaining how he himself reasoned his way to eating fish without eating animal food. Although Franklin does oppose his agreement of not eating animal food, he argues how humans are these “reasonable creatures” that can come up with a good reason for them to do what they want.

A reason is like an excuse that can be used to get what you want. Franklin argues that humans are “reasonable creatures” that are enable to create a reasonable answer for anything they want, which he gives an example of with his reasoning to eat fish without opposing his agreement to not feed animal food. “Then I thought, if you eat one another, I don’t see why we mayn’t eat you”, he comes up with an excuse to eat the fish, which he believes. With his reason he can eat fish still following his resolution to not eat animal food, which he shows his argument of humans being able to come up with any reason to do whatever they want to.

For Franklin reasoning is something that humans naturally do, anyone can reason their way to make themselves believe anything. Weather it’s making an assumption on if people should pay taxes or if fish is in a vegetarian diet. For example, anyone can say that there going on a diet and stop eating junk food. But one day they encounter a piece do chocolate and make up an excuse of reason for them to eat it. Maybe saying that they’ll lose the calories by running a bit more than the last time. People make up reasonable ideas that serves o them as a realizable excuse to do or eat anything. Reasoning lets us “find or make a reason for everything one has a mind to do”, Franklin.

Overall Franklin’s assertion toward the ability that humans, like himself, make reasons toward anything to get what they want, because “It enables one to find or make a reason for everything.
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