How the Modern World Made Cowards of Us All

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How the Modern World Made Cowards of Us All

Turns out SNL's Dana Carvey had it WOULD be prudent, to be prudent. Or at least adhere to the correct definition of the word: Righteous decision making that is rooted in acuity and practical wisdom.

The New York Times| Friday, July 21, 2017

BACK in the late 1980s, Dana Carvey of “Saturday Night Live” used to do a funny impression of President George H. W. Bush, in which the character would justify his own supposed timidity by muttering “wouldn’t be prudent” to himself about every small risk. The impression neatly captured the contemporary notion of prudence: faintheartedness, caution and a general bias against action.

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