A Comment On Spending, Ben Franklin, and Our Lifestyle

“A penny saved is a penny earned.”

“If you would be wealthy, think of saving as well as getting.”

“Rather go to bed without dinner than to rise in debt.”

Quotes like these from Benjamin Franklin have gone the way of the savings account. The modern generation in general thinks far more of spending than of saving for a rainy day. We want it all NOW, and buying on credit is easier than ever. The interest in savings accounts is laughably low these days and barely worth the effort.
These quotes still have power to influence, though, as long as one person in inspired to set aside a bit of income, interest or not. Who know what the future may bring.
I think old Ben, upon observing our modern culture, would have sat in stunned silence. Not that there weren’t those persons, when he walked the earth, who spent like there was no tomorrow. But I suspect he would have shaken his head at the recklessness of people who are accustomed to a prosperity most of the rest of the world could only imagine.
And then coined a few more pithy sayings.

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