I thought prudent was a bad word. I had to google the meaning just to make sure. Here's what I learned:
Prudent: acting with or showing care and thought for the future; cautious, discreet, careful
Simpleton: a foolish or gullible person
To be honest with you, I have been a simpleton in the past. I wanted to believe that everyone had good intentions and wanted the best for those around them, but this is simply not realistic. The Bible is very clear on this topic.
Only simpletons believe everything they are told! The prudent carefully consider their steps.
Simpletons are clothed with foolishness, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.
Maybe you have never struggled with this concept, but if you have or are right now you can rest assured that it is okay to be prudent. It's not a bad word.