PRUDENCE: ESSENTIAL IN GOOD DECISION –MAKING
WILSON C. PINGUL
It is but natural to any individual to make decisions in his life of what he thinks, even the youth or adult may decide be it easy or difficult that he faces in life. In every decision he makes, as much as possible, he will not regret for his decisions. What character trait that must a person must have to make careful decisions in life/ when to be careful in making decisions?
A person must be prudent in making decisions. Prudence is careful judgment to avoid danger or risk, care, caution and good judgment as well as wisdom of looking ahead. Natural prudence is making right decisions from a purely natural perspective and supernatural prudence is about making decisions in accordance with a high power. It helps the intellect to see the right thing to do and to choose the right means of achieving .It entails the application of good moral principles to particular cases assisting us to know what to seek and what to avoid. It is necessary in order to seek common good for all and helps us to see salvation and what hinders our progress. Prudence aids us in not going along with evil in the vent that we do not know what to do or because we are afraid of the consequences of opposition to the prevailing point of view.
Today’s teenagers need prudence now more than ever. Excessive emotions tend to cloud judgment and it affects one’s ability to see clearly. The developmental period of transition from childhood to adulthood; it involves biological, cognitive and socio- emotional changes. It is a period fraught with danger because it is an emotional stage of human development and un-channelled emotion has led many young people. A prudent person must know how to decide wisely. His decisions are well- defined, all possible options are listed, information are all gathered, consequences are assed , the best option was chosen and all is well- acted upon. Progress is all then evaluated.
As teachers let us help our clienteles to define their goals in life and guide them to make prudent decisions to go on the right track of their life. The school environment creates opportunities to make decisions that would be beneficial to learners. Most of all, spiritual guidance is needed to make better deci si ons. — oOo— The author is Teacher III (ALS Mobile Teacher) at Sta. Monica Elementary School, Lubao North District