Benjamin Franklin And The Enlightenment

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The Enlightenment period was a time during the eighteenth century where many new ideals were taking place that caused people to focus less on religion and more on reason, individualism, and to relate to one’s fellow man through sympathy. Benjamin Franklin’s written works expressed many principles of the Enlightenment, such as: human sympathy/understanding, the power of human reason, and the natural rights of individuals. In Franklin’s work titled, The Way to Wealth, he expresses the Enlightenment principles of the human rational when he writes, “Sloth, like rust, consumes faster than labor wears…Sloth makes all things difficult, but industry all easy (458). Meaning (when one rationally thinks about it) laziness will bring one nothing but hassle
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