This is part four of a multi-part series which discusses a method Ben Franklin used to develop his character as a man. Today I’ll go over the next three: Silence, Sincerity, and Justice. Franklin provided a quick explanation of each virtue, but I will provide my own interpretation, as well as how to employ these virtues in your life, and how it relates to red pill theory as a whole.
Virtue 9: Silence
Silence: Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation
I take this as not just going around putting your business out there and also not being a shit talker. Don’t be that guy that ruins everyone’s time with your bullshit. Also I tend to take the last part seriously. Try to avoid conversations that are useless. If you have something in your head, then say it. Get to the point and get your point across in a clear manner.
Virtue 10: Sincerity
Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and, if you speak, speak accordingly
This virtue kind of piggy-backs off the last one. Be a man of your word and try not to be negative. Obviously you’ll need to act accordingly to whatever situation you may be in, but if you bring optimism and positive things to interactions in your life, you will benefit. It ties into the last virtue because it also says to speak based on what you want to accomplish. If you have to be assertive, then do so. If you want to be funny or take a jab at someone, do it. Just deliver 100%
Virtue 11: Justice
Wrong none by injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty
I really like this virtue because its short but makes a ton of sense. First, don’t go around looking for a fight. Those days should be behind you by now. Also, don’t be abusive to your family. I’m not saying that a swat on the ass isn’t exactly what the doctor ordered when a kid gets too out of line, but don’t be excessive and never hit them anywhere else. You should reserve this for extreme disobedience.
The second part is what gets me. By not owing up to what you are expected, you leave others in an angry and almost lost state. The duties we all have to accomplish must be done without complaining. I like how Franklin uses the word benefits here. I read it as you are becoming a better person by completing what is expected of you.
To recap we looked at:
Silence: Don’t go around blabbing your mouth about useless stuff. Speak when you have to and keep the topic to relevant things. Don’t talk about people in a shitty way. Jokes between friends are fine
Sincerity: Consider others and be a man of your word. Make sure to speak relevant to the conversation.
Justice: Don’t harm others for no reason. If you have to defend yourself then by all means do so, but don’t just hurt people for no reason. Also be sure to live up to what you’re expected to do in life.
The next post will wrap up this series and I will give a full recap of all the virtues.