Temperance, or moderation, is the virtue that avoids excess, especially of the passions. Many of these lead to crimes: anger to murder, greed to fraud, gluttony to consuming the goods of others, lust to rape and rapine. Looking at that sorry spectacle, the news, I witness failure of moderation in persons and states.
Making good decisions requires moderation. Wisdom, called prudentia or prudence, foresees the steps that must be taken to result in the good. Justice wills to restore to others what belongs to them and fortitude (courage) moderates both fear and recklessness. There’s a tendency toward a line of calm with the virtues, however stressed the situation.
Today’s news about child abuse shows passions without moderation or justice, governors without wisdom or courage. News about asylum seekers shows governments without wisdom, courage, moderation or justice. The vices are more practiced than the virtues.
While Paul states that one of the fruits of the spirit is self-control, we might be complete atheists and still aim for moderation, and avoid crimes of passion. Forgiveness and mercy belong to the wise. Courage faces what has been done, and is being done. We could have an adventure. We could live virtuous lives.