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Perhaps the least understood and mangled of the virtues is prudence. Most people seem to view prudence as slamming on the brakes and not doing anything lest you get overly aggressive or make a mistake. So an appeal to prudence inevitably reduces to a do-nothing approach.
Nothing could be farther from the truth.
Prudence means responding in a manner that suits the situation. So yes, if certain charges are being made against someone, the veracity of which are yet to be determined, then of course you should proceed with caution in your judgment or action.
But — and this is where most people lose it — if a situation is unfolding that demands your urgent attention (your house is on fire, for example, or a loved one is about to plunge into darkness of some sort) caution is the last thing you want to exercise. The entire premise of the old television show Intervention was built around the proper exercise of prudence.
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