Ben & Me: From Temperance to Humility--Stumbling Through Ben by Cameron Gunn

By Cameron Gunn

Thirteen weeks. 13 virtues.

Cameron Gunn thought of himself a typical guy-a beautiful solid husband, father, legal professional, and good friend.

yet used to be there room for development?

A reader of heritage and partial to Ben Franklin (and weary of self-help recommendation that by no means turns out to provide a lot help), Gunn made up our minds to aim a bit test. He might try to reside via Franklin's 13 virtues, an inventory of lofty beliefs the Founding Father held expensive, as enumerated in his recognized autobiography.

might Gunn's plan to enhance his existence, Citizen Ben-style, turn out to be a super reinvention of the self-help circulation or a boondoggle of innovative proportions?

by means of turns heartfelt, hilarious, and greater than a bit humbling, Gunn's experience takes this traditional guy method outdoors his convenience sector and right into a thicket of not-so-modern values. the result's a fascinating mixture of humor and history-with possibly a lightning bolt of proposal or alongside the best way.

arrange to wake up shut and private with everyone's favourite Founding Father.

Temperance * Silence * Order * solution * Frugality * * Sincerity * Justice * Moderation * Cleanliness * Tranquility * Chastity * Humility

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yet used to be there room for development?

A reader of background and partial to Ben Franklin (and weary of self-help recommendation that by no means turns out to provide a lot help), Gunn made up our minds to attempt a bit scan. He could try and dwell by way of Franklin's 13 virtues, a listing of lofty beliefs the Founding Father held pricey, as enumerated in his recognized autobiography.

might Gunn's plan to enhance his lifestyles, Citizen Ben-style, end up to be an excellent reinvention of the self-help flow or a boondoggle of progressive proportions?

via turns heartfelt, hilarious, and greater than a bit humbling, Gunn's event takes this traditional guy approach outdoors his convenience area and right into a thicket of not-so-modern values. the result's a fascinating mixture of humor and history-with possibly a lightning bolt of concept or alongside the best way.

arrange to wake up shut and private with everyone's favourite Founding Father.

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Cole’s novel is called Open City, and it leads me to think about Johannesburg as anything but that: it draws its energy precisely from its atomisation and its edge, its stacking of boundaries against each other. It is no place to wander; no place, either, to throw your windows open and let the world blow in. On one level, Johannesburg’s elusiveness is a condition specific to the city itself; its apartheid history, its risky streets. The people who walk Johannesburg daily are not flâneurs at all, but migrants, or workers, to whom the city still denies the right to public transport.

As one of the world’s greatest gold rushes ensued, the wily Boer president Paul Kruger famously made a small triangular patch of land available for the establishment of Johannesburg. This unused and unattractive piece of veld was what was known in the Boer republic as ‘uitvalgrond’, literally ‘left-over-land’, but more colloquially ‘wasteland’: it fell between the demarcated farms of the Boers. Speculators rushed to buy portions of neighbouring farms to prospect: if gold was found, they would lay mine-claims; if not, residential suburbs would be laid out.

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