Wednesday, February 27, 2008

dear prudence

writing a new scene and the characters begin to talk to each other.
she calls her "Prudence."
And I realize that i'm not completely sure what that word means.
It sums it up as the "exercise of sound judgement in practical affairs."
but as i read on, it seems that in english, prudence is almost interchangeable with cautiousness.
i skip ahead to read, "can become the vice of cowardice."
prudence is also one of the four cardinal virtues.
plato identified prudence "with the rulers and reason"
i read on to learn that St. Augustine described prudence as "love distinguishing with sagacity between what hinders it and what helps it."
it quickly becomes something i want to strive for...or maybe i'll just make it my next tattoo.
define fortitude.

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