Arriving at Meaning Perfection

 Arriving at Meaningful Perfection Essay

MichaelВ BastiВ

11/14/14В

PerВ 5В

ArrivingВ atВ MoralВ PerfectionВ

BenjaminВ FranklinВ excelledВ inВ theВ variousВ tasksВ heВ hadВ acquiredВ throughoutВ hisВ years. В HeВ hadВ becomeВ anВ author, В anВ inventor, В andВ aВ scientist. В BenjaminВ onceВ statedВ thatВ " NoВ oneВ isВ perfectВ andВ noВ oneВ willВ everВ be”, В whichВ isВ inferringВ thatВ noВ matterВ howВ hardВ youВ try, В perfectionВ isВ oneВ stepВ tooВ farВ fromВ reality. В HeВ wishedВ toВ liveВ aВ lifeВ withoutВ fault, В thusВ heВ createdВ aВ projectВ forВ arrivingВ atВ moralВ perfection. В However, В heВ foundВ itВ muchВ moreВ difficultВ thanВ heВ imagined. В HeВ proposedВ 13В differentВ virtuesВ heВ wantedВ toВ masterВ forВ conductingВ theВ examination. В BenjaminВ soonВ cameВ toВ realizeВ thatВ arrivingВ atВ moralВ perfectionВ wouldВ beВ veryВ challenging. В В В

BenjaminВ FranklinВ wantedВ toВ getВ inВ theВ habitВ ofВ executingВ eachВ virtueВ throughoutВ hisВ dailyВ routine. В HoweverВ heВ wantedВ toВ masterВ themВ oneВ byВ oneВ untilВ heВ excelledВ inВ allВ thirteen. В HisВ planВ wasВ notВ flawless, В however, В becauseВ heВ wouldВ perfectВ oneВ virtueВ butВ wouldВ slipВ onВ thatВ firstВ virtueВ

whenВ heВ beganВ toВ workВ onВ theВ next. В OneВ quoteВ fromВ pageВ 70В ofВ theВ englishВ textbookВ statedВ " TemperanceВ first, В asВ itВ tendsВ toВ procureВ thatВ coolnessВ andВ clearnessВ ofВ headВ whichВ isВ soВ necessaryВ whereВ constantВ vigilanceВ wasВ toВ beВ keptВ up, В andВ guardВ maintainedВ againstВ theВ unremittingВ attractionВ ofВ ancientВ habitsВ andВ theВ forceВ ofВ perpetualВ temptations. ”  В

AlthoughВ masteringВ eachВ virtueВ seemedВ difficult, В FranklinВ didВ seeВ aВ drasticВ changeВ inВ hisВ flaws. В " IВ enter'dВ uponВ theВ ExecutionВ ofВ thisВ PlanВ forВ SelfВ Examination, В andВ continu'dВ itВ withВ occasionalВ IntermissionsВ forВ someВ time. В IВ wasВ surpriz'dВ toВ findВ myselfВ soВ muchВ fullerВ ofВ FaultsВ thanВ IВ hadВ imagined, В butВ IВ hadВ theВ SatisfactionВ ofВ seeingВ themВ diminish. " В HeВ examinedВ himselfВ toВ seeВ theВ progressВ andВ foundВ thatВ heВ becameВ aВ betterВ person. В HoweverВ heВ neverВ fullyВ masteredВ allВ 13В virtues. В

AtВ theВ ageВ ofВ 22, В BenjaminВ FranklinВ proposedВ aВ projectВ ofВ arrivingВ atВ...