He definitely did not keep the chastity rule. He visited brothels, had a kid out of wedlock. Lived with a women for forty years and they were not married.:
He wrote a long-suppressed but now famous essay on matrimony that, taken literally, would give you reason to think he was a misogynist. Franklin argues that matrimony is the natural state of man, but for those preferring to cat around instead he lists eight reasons that "in all your Amours you should prefer old Women to young ones," to wit:
He definately liked to write rules. He just did not adhere to them completely. This human to err
In many ways, Ben Franklin failed to live up to his own virtues. However, he understood that life is a journey and not a destination. We should constantly strive to improve ourselves and pursue higher virtues than those we currently live by. We can all do better. Recognizing that is important to live our best life.
No, Franklin was not a hypocrite because he was just trying to live his life in the best way possible. While someone who is just twenty years old may not have as much life experience as an older person, we should not denigrate the experiences and values of younger people just because they don't have as much experience. Furthermore, Franklin's attempt to live by a set of virtues is anything but hypocritical; even if he sometimes failed to abide by them, he at least attempted to hold himself to a higher standard.
Benjamin Franklin was not a hypocrite by most standards. Was he perfect? No. But, nobody is perfect. Franklin tried to live his life by 13 virtues. He should be commended for trying to live a principled life filled with meaning and purpose. More people should adopt virtuous principles to live by.
Benjamin Franklin was not a hypocrite for living his life by 13 virtues, even if he did write them at the age of 20. Just because he wrote them at a young age does not mean he followed them blindly. Throughout his life, he may have questioned his virtues profusely, only to have them proven right each time.