Do you guys feel like in today’s time we also are sometimes forced down paths or do you feel we have more freedom to choose our destiny?

Please respond to discussion posts in the followings:
1. Hello everyone! I see that I am one of the students assigned to lead this discussion board. I’m not sure where we all are in the reading but I am wondering if anyone has any initial thoughts? Some thoughts I am having so far are:
1. In the beginning of the book, Franklin points out feeling drawn to the sea but remarks his path was already pre-determined for him. Do you guys feel like in today’s time we also are sometimes forced down paths or do you feel we have more freedom to choose our destiny? How did you feel about Franklin’s brother and father trying to force his future and do you think Franklin made the right choice to venture off?
2. Why do you guys think Franklin puts so much importance on reading and its value? Do you feel like we still value the importance of reading currently or is it something forgotten by people today?
3. Do you guys so far feel Franklin was more of a dreamer or a realist?
4. What are some values/virtues that you are noticing Franklin putting importance on? Do you agree in the importance of these?
2.Hi everyone!
Before we dive deep into the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, I want to make sure we have an overall understanding of what’s happening. Are there any themes or topics of importance that stick out to you?
One theme I notice so far within the first few chapters is the need for self improvement. Whether it be as a student or as a worker Benjamin always wanted to and typically was the best at what he did. This could be due to the fact that he was the youngest son out of 15, and felt as though he needed to prove himself.
One passage that seems to show his eagerness for learning (from others) is as follows, “For, if you would inform, a positive and dogmatical manner in advancing your sentiments may provoke contradiction and prevent candid attention. If you wish information and improvement from the knowledge of others, and yet at te same time express yourself as firmly fix’d in your present opinions, modest, and sensible men, who do not love disputation, will probably leave you undisturbed in the possession of your error” (Franklin 29). With this quote, Franklin is saying to speak modestly and openly as to let others contribute to the conversation. If you wish to learn anything, you must not be closed off to just your opinions as others will not try to change it.
3. Franklin, in the text, acknowledges his three “great errata of my life” and they could have been avoided but like he said at the beginning of the book if he could have a “…second edition to correct some faults of the first” (pg.1) he would be more then willing to go back in time and change these given errors. I’ll just give one good example in the book to start this discussion.
Franklin had a request from his brother’s friend, Vernon on his way back to Philadelphia that stopped in Newport, Rhode Island where he had instructions to pick up thirty-five pounds and to hold on to it for safekeeping. While he was continuing on his journey back home, he saw his (so-called) best friend Collin in New York who had a drinking problem and used Franklin’s good deeds to drain his money. According to Franklin, “this breaking into this money of Vernon’s was one of the first great errata of my life; and this affair show’d that my father was not much out of his judgment when he supposed me too young to manage the business of importance” (pg.26) and this goes to show one of many mistakes that Frankin wishes he could have a re-due in his life if he had one.
I believe that all of us have at least one “errata” and one “great errata” in our lives in which we wish we can go back in time and undo the mistakes that could have been detrimental to our growth, and reputation or stop us from being successful. Here’s my question for the class!! What is a situation that you consider a “great errata” in your life? What lessons did you learn from not making that mistake again? Show another example of Franklin’s “great errata” in the book.
Sources: Franklin, Benjamin. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. Mineola, NY: Dover, 1996. Print.