Monday, December 3, 2007


Virtue of the day: prudence

Prudence from the Latin word “prudentia” is classically considered to be a virtue, and indeed, one of the Cardinal Virtues. The word comes from Old French prudence (13th century), from Latin “prudentia “meaning “foresight, sagacity," contraction of providentia "foresight". It is often associated with Wisdom, Insight, and Knowledge. In this case, the virtue is the ability to judge between virtuous and vicious actions, not only in a general sense, but with regard to appropriate actions at a given time and place. Although prudence itself does not perform any actions, and is concerned solely with knowledge, all virtues had to be regulated by it. Distinguishing when acts are courageous, as opposed to reckless or cowardly, for instance, was an act of prudence. This is why it is classified as a "cardinal" which is to say "pivotal" virtue.

Hayyy… a lot of meaning… okay! To simplify, prudence for me is like this "Do not exterminate yourself". It’s a quite rule that would be considered a moral rule because it is morally wrong to exterminate yourself, am I right? It does serve your best interest not to.

P.S: please connect it… I forgot to tell you that prudence is also an intellectual and moral virtue…’’,)

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