We have all searched for the words which, when fully learned and absorbed by them, might help our children learn early on some of the hard learned lessons of our own lives. It is axiomatic that we can often find the words of those learned men and women that came before us very helpful as the recorded their thoughts about life in times which were often much more difficult than our own.
One good example of this comes from Benjamin Franklin, whose life was both complex, and, in many ways a very difficult one, particularly in his domestic affairs. None the less, Franklin understood and was faithful to the true tenets of both his Christianity and the enlightenment period in which he lived, when he opined that:
“The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all men, charity.”
***This article was written by one of our contributing writers: Malcolm Noden