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How to overcome distraction, seize the 'meta-moment' and do the right thing
How to overcome distraction, seize the 'meta-moment' and do the right thing

Benjamin Franklin was in his early 20s when he embarked on what he called his “bold and arduous project of arriving at moral perfection.” He set out 13 virtues including order, industry, sincerity and humility, and made a chart in which he tracked each virtue for a week at a time and marked his transgressions. He could run through his list four times over the course of a year, and he expected that “by a number of courses, I should be happy in viewing a clean book.” Alas, he never achieved a clean book. “I knew, or thought I knew, what was right and wrong,” he wrote in his autobiography. “I did not see why I might not always do the one and avoid...

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