Sunday, February 19, 2012

Today's Founders Quote: Peeking Out and Showing Itself

"In reality there is perhaps no one of our natural passions so hard to subdue as pride. Disguise it, struggle with it, beat it down, stifle it, mortify it as much as one pleases, it is still alive, and will now and then peek out and show itself."

- Benjamin Franklin, 1771.

    Now, what Franklin is talking about isn't pride in what you do or are, but pride in being able to admit you're not always right.  There's a word at the heart of what Ben's saying: Compromise.  Pride is an ugly thing.  We like to think we are always right, but sometimes, we aren't.  Recognizing that, and being able to find mutual common ground is actually better than staunchness - maybe even if you're right. Stalemate's net result is nothing, and there are too many problems for nothing to occur...

    Same goes with Bernadette Valez... There's plenty to be proud of, but it'd be a shame if nothing happened.


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