Saturday, July 28, 2012

wandering through Benjamin Franklin's world

What a turbulent and exciting time he lived in. Such upheaval and dramatic changes. A new country being born. The Age of Enlightenment dawning. Bold new thinking about science, governance, society, education.

His many sayings and myriad aphorisms are like Lao Tzu, even Buddhist in their simplicity and density. Approaching a haiku-like delivery of wisdom and insight.

The sheer number of things he accomplished is astounding. So many brilliant ideas from one brain. And how lucky he was to also be around so many other very bright and talented people - Jefferson, Washington, Tom Paine - even his nemesis John Adams.

As our tour guide said - Ben was great at working behind the scenes and building consensus-a crucial skill and key to much of his success. 

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