After you have read them and thought carefully about them, your job is to translate each virtue into teen- friendly language. You may work with one partner. When you are done, we will post these around the room and vote on whose is best. If you need to use a dictionary to figure out what old Ben meant, please do so.
*One hint about this assignment: Look at number 12, which is chastity. Chastity means, “The state or quality of being chaste.” If you then look up chaste, you’ll find that the first definition for this word is, “refraining from sexual intercourse that is regarded as contrary to morality or religion; virtuous.” Then if you look at Ben’s virtue, he uses the word venery. There are two definitions for venery; one is about hunting and the other is about sex. Which definition do you think is correct?
**One more hint: Decode Ben’s words slowly and ask for help when you need it.
1. Temperance. Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.
Don’t worry too much about things that don’t really matter, things that happen to everyone, or things that you cannot control/avoid.
12. Chastity. Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dullness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another's peace or reputation.
Be careful and respectful with your sexuality. It is meant to be enjoyed and to make families, not to make valuable people into food for your appetites. Don’t engage in a way that harms you or others physically, emotionally, or in reputations.
13. Humility. Imitate Jesus and Socrates.
Recognize that trying to be perfect and/or have it all figured out WILL humble you. No matter how much you know, there is still way more you don’t know. Be willing to respect others and let them help you.