Hi y’all, ready for the next of the Nine Virtues? This one is one of my favorites. Moderation, what is it and why is it important? As usual, I’ll ask my good friends Merriam and Webster what they think.
1a: avoiding extremes of behavior or expression: observing reasonable limits.
3:not violent, severe, or intense
Obviously, there is more to the definition, but I picked out the parts related to our discussion. Also, this is for moderate, not moderation. The site kept redirecting me to moderate everytime I searched for moderation.
So, what does this mean to me? It means that we should be careful to not let ourselves get unbalanced. We must make sure that we don’t under or over do anything. Moderation is dependant on the person as well. Something that is moderate for me could be overdoing for you and underdoing it for someone else. If this sounds familiar, it’s because Aristotle said something very similiar many years ago. Learning our limits is important, since it is hard to know what is moderate for us if we don’t know our limits.
On to why moderation is important. It is important because going to extremes is bad for us, for our health, our wealth, and our happiness. Eating too much makes us fat and too little makes us unhealthily thin. Reacting to our emotions is similar, too much and we are shouting at our loved ones over a trivial matter and too little allows stress to build up until you explode. Either way adds to stress, which is not good for our health. It doesn’t matter what it is, we must use our wisdom to be moderate in what we do, including moderation.