Moral Perfection: Tranquility
What is Moral Perfection? I believe that Moral Perfection is to live your life without committing any fault at any time and always be committed to do the right thing. Benjamin Franklin, a wise man and one of the founding fathers of our country, devised a well thought out plan to try and obtain moral perfection. In his Autobiography, Franklin defined moral perfection as the ability to do the right thing at all times. He enumerated 13 virtues in which he believed would help him in his quest to achieve moral perfection. These certain virtues are: Temperance, Silence, Order, Resolution, Frugality, Industry, Sincerity, Justice, Moderation, Cleanliness, Tranquility, Chastity, and Humility. Franklin himself believed that by following these 13 virtues, he would be able to achieve moral perfection. In an attempt to achieve Moral Perfection I followed Franklins plan for a week by focusing specifically on the virtue of tranquility. I used Franklin’s definition of the virtue Tranquility which is, “Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable” and focus on not being disturbed or angered at certain situations that are unimportant or unavoidable.
The week that I practiced the virtue of Tranquility was fairly easy. Throughout the entire week I made sure to check every three hours to ensure my virtue log would be as accurate as possible. I would have been proud of myself if I had achieved Moral Perfection, but unfortunately I was unable to do so. Throughout most of the week it was extremely easy to stay morally perfect, but there were several occasions when I was unable to do so. For example, On Friday September 30, 2011, which is when I started my quest for moral perfection, as I was exiting the locker room, one of the soccer player pushed me and I hit my chin against the steel lockers, and unfortunately I got angry, and ended up pushing him back. But overall, the week that I attempted to achieve moral perfection was...
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