Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Freemason Wisdom: Benjamin Franklin On Immortality

"If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth writing." 

~ Benjamin Franklin
St. Johns Lodge

Our time on earth is finite, and at some point or another, just about everyone wonders about the legacy they leave behind.  Franklin was known as a man who was seldom idle.  He worked, he wrote, he read, he studied, he explored ideas, he spent a great deal of time in thought.  People confuse work and play, but Franklin seemed to see them as one and the same--everything he did, he did with great passion, and great energy.  He enjoyed his work and his interests just as much as he enjoyed an evening of entertainment.  

He wasn't alone in that philosophy.  Another Founding Father, Thomas Jefferson, once said, "It is amazing what can be done when we are always doing."  Both Franklin and Jefferson are examples of what can be accomplished in a lifetime when you value time enough not to waste it.

~Todd E. Creason

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