Are you practicing the virtue of order? Here are 5 questions to ask yourself or your Ben Franklin Circle.

Franklin’s definition: “Let all your things have their places. Let each part of your business have its time.”


1. Do you keep your life ordered and organized? What are some ways that you do?


2. The opposite of order is chaos. If order is a virtue, does that make chaos a vice?


3. Does order also have its “time” and “place,” to quote Franklin? When might prioritizing order be inappropriate?


4. What role does order play in a community? Should people keep their yards and street fronts clean and ordered? Why does it matter?


5. Creativity and order seem to have a relationship. On the one hand, the creator orders chaotic and disparate elements—whether pigments, words, or musical notes—to create something beautiful. On the other hand, many creative types have reputations for being unruly and disorderly in their own lives. What’s the relationship between creativity and order?