Life-saving Light: One Man’s Wise Solution

BTLifesMomentsAs colonial Philadelphia rapidly grew, Dr. Benjamin Franklin saw a problem developing. Streets became busier and more crowded and clogged with pedestrians, horses and carriage. Traffic was bad enough during the day, but at night moving around in the city was DANGEROUS.

BFranklinPeople were getting hurt. The streets needed LIGHT at night.

Franklin pleaded with the city to put out street lamps for the safety of the people. He was told there were no funds for such a project. There was no argument that lighted streets were a good idea; there just wasn’t any money for it.

lanternBeing a man of action and considerable influence (except with the city, apparently), Franklin addressed the part of the problem that was directly in front of HIS home. He commissioned the crafting of a beautiful, ornate lamp post and had it placed at the street in front of his house. He then ordered a clean lamp be lit and placed on the post every day at dusk.

Folks nearby admired their neighbor’s lamp post so much they did the same in from of THEIR homes. It didn’t take long before streets were safer all over Philadelphia.

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It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.

 

Chinese proverb

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