Understanding the most relevant and actionable elements of a scenario, not merely the most obvious or dramatic ones.

a.k.a. insight, perception, understanding

Good intentions alone are not enough. You must also cultivate “discernment” in order to translate your good intentions into beneficial actions. This means learning what actions are really beneficial, what consequences are most likely to follow from certain actions, and so forth. Only reality-based good intentions are really compassionate.

Complementary virtues

Contrasting vices


Virtues possibly in tension


How to acquire or strengthen it


Notes and links

Mentioned elsewhere


Inspirational quotes

  • “The future offers very little hope for those who expect that our new mechanical slaves will offer us a world in which we may rest from thinking. Help us they may, but at the cost of supreme demands upon our honesty and our intelligence. The world of the future will be an ever more demanding struggle against the limitations of our intelligence, not a comfortable hammock in which we can lie down to be waited upon by our robot slaves.” ―Norbert Wiener
  • “Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” —MLK, Jr.