Virtue of the Week: Prudence

PrudenceToo many cooks spoil the broth.
Too much of anything is good for nothing.

This famous proverb literally means that when too many cooks are used to make the soup they will spoil it instead of making it delicious because every cook will season it according to his own taste. Likewise, consuming or carrying anything too much beyond what is prudent usually results in something bad rather than something good. We see this a lot in today’s overindulgent society.

Just how many Pokemen does one need to capture? How many pairs of shoes do you need as you can only where one pair at a time? Does my son or daughter need to be engaged in a competitive sport every day of the year? When do they get some time off? Bigger, more, faster, fun’r, give me more, give me more, give me more?

Where is our prudence?

A well-known poet and sage once used this statement to illustrate our lack of prudence. The feather of the peacock is very lightweight. Yet, if the light weighing feathers are loaded beyond the limit on a cart, the axel of the cart will break under the weight.

So ask yourself just how much is “enough”.

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A smooth sea never made a skillful mariner, neither do uninterrupted prosperity and success qualify for usefulness and happiness. The storms of adversity, like those of the ocean, rouse the faculties, and excite the invention, prudence, skill and fortitude or the voyager. The martyrs of ancient times, in bracing their minds to outward calamities, acquired a loftiness of purpose and a moral heroism worth a lifetime of softness and security.Author Unknown