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Ashtottaram 53: PARAMATASAHANABHŨMYAI NAMAH. Pixabay

Ashtottaram 53) OM PARAMATASAHANABHŨMYAI NAMAH:

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Discretion is ultimately an index of wisdom and hence a forerunner of success. Pixabay

We live in an age where ‘innocence is bliss’ no more and the call for being discreet but decisive guides every step of the way. Discretion is a positive trait as it is meant to safeguard one’s interest without hurting someone else’s. It can be usefully exercised only by a person who was well informed, who had the ability to see things in a larger perspective, who could judge the relative importance of a thing or happening in a context, who understood the significance of a lawful silence and who tilted in favor of a humane course.

Let us examine these five traits. First, we are in the age of information whose mandate is that one had to be a well-informed person to make progress in any field. Being well-informed means having the right information in time, having the information that made a difference between a ‘decision’ and a ‘guess’, and having complete-looking information of relevance since ‘knowledge comes in integral packages’. A teacher of children, for instance, has to have knowledge of child psychology and parental stress, besides the content of the curriculum, to do well. He or she will then be able to discreetly handle a child — discretion here will be a vital part of the judgemental call made by the teacher. Again, a person, more so a woman, who was aware of the law and order situation in an area would be able to exercise discretion about the mode and timing of movement. Discretion is the better part of valor in this setting.

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