Beyond the Benjamins
One of the most fascinating figures of our past offers inspiration for creating a fulfilling future
I recently caught some of Ken Burns’ new documentary on Benjamin Franklin, perhaps the most multifaceted and wisest of all the Founding Fathers.
His was a life that pretty much sums up and embodies the word “experiment” — from his humble beginnings and making a name for himself; to his interest in science and numerous inventions (thanks, Ben, for the bifocals I’m wearing to type this!); his unique philosophy, writing, and skilled diplomacy; as well as his participation in societal experiments, like a little ole thing called democracy, or more specifically, “a republic, if you can keep it.”
He was also someone who evolved his opinions and values as he discovered, observed and experienced things, which I believe is a sign of true authenticity and wisdom. So the next time you flip on that light switch, or get a hold of a $100 bill, send him a little gratitude for the greatness he left behind.
How do you want to mold and shape your personal journey while you’re here? How can you experiment doing something a little different or stretching yourself? What kind of culture and world do you want to live in? What kind of future do you want for your children or grandchildren?
It’s up to each of us to make the most out of the air we breathe and the space we take up on the planet, so let this be a gentle reminder to get to work in your own lab of life and add your own unique talents, skills and creativity to the whole.
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For related thoughts on this topic, read my essay The Experiment.
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