Virtue of the Week: Prudence

PrudencePrudence and It’s Importance to Young Adults

Adolescence is a period fraught with danger because it is a very emotional stage of human development, and un-channeled emotion has led many young people to decisions that they are now forced to live with for the rest of their lives, all because they chose not to think before choosing. Today’s teenagers need prudence now more than ever. Excessive emotion tends to cloud judgment, and it affects our ability to see clearly, often inclining us to see what we want to see, and pushing us to make decisions before we have completely thought them through. Of all the creatures on the planet, few have more raging hormones on their blood streams than a human adolescent. And so now we have young adults who will never be parents because of scarring of their fallopian tubes, or as a result of contracting HPV, which led to cervical cancer, which in turn necessitated a radical hysterectomy. We have young adults suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome because during their teenage years they regularly deprived themselves of sleep in order to get more out of life through video games, I phones, social networking, and the internet. Some adults suffer from personality arrest and have the emotional maturity level of a young adolescent because of chronic abuse of mood altering substances as a teenager. Many young adult females are living below the poverty line because they are single mothers and believed it when they were told “I love you”.

It is very important that young people use the memory they already have in order to consider the possible consequences of decisions they are about to make. It is also very important to turn towards those who truly have their best interests in mind, namely parents and mentors. No matter how smart or sophisticated we might think we are, there is so much that we don’t know and that only time and experience can teach us. Those unfortunate people described in the previous paragraph, who have been irreparably damaged by bad decisions, are almost always the type of person who held his or her parents, mentors, or adults in general in complete contempt.

Prudence is very important to young adults.

Hear the words of prudence, give heed unto her counsels, and store them in thine heart; her maxims are universal, and all the virtues lean upon her; she is the guide and the mistress of human lifeAkhenaton

THE SICK LION AND THE PRUDENT FOX

When the lion was old and tired he realized that, if he still wanted to get enough to eat, he would have to resort more to cunning and less to force. So he pretended to be sick and retired in his den. Then every time one of his subjects came by, the lion would reach out with his paw, grab the visitor and ate him.

Thus came the fox’s turn, but the fox remained at the entrance.

‘Do come in, fox!’ said the lion cordially.

‘Thank you, but I would really rather not,’ the fox replied.

‘Although I can see so many footprints going in, I cannot see one which comes out!’

It is rightly said, “Well goes the case when wisdom counsels.”