PRU­DENCE: ES­SEN­TIAL IN GOOD DE­CI­SION –MAK­ING

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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

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