“When a man is stimulated by his own thoughts, full of desire and dwelling on what is attractive, his craving increases even more. He is making the fetter even stronger. But he who takes pleasure in stilling his thoughts, practicing the contemplation of what is repulsive, and remaining recollected, now he will mane and end of craving. He will snap the bonds.” - Buddah
Want: A desire to possess.
Indulgence: Over-gratification of desire.
Moderation: Avoidance of excess or extremes.
Abstinence: The discipline of not doing something.
Self-Possession: In control of one's feelings.
The Office of Weights and Measures was established in 1836 by the federal government. This resulted in a national standard for commerce and trade. Standards and standardization act as safeguards, guidelines, and benchmarks, reducing and eliminating the inherent risk of partiality, perception, and prejudice. When standards of measurement are not defined or possible, the margin of error is broad. As is the case with moderation, making it patently misunderstood. There is no Office of Moderation.
Moderation is the delicate balance between self-indulgence and self-denial. Moderation liberates.
Moderation is subjective, highly personal, and non-measurable. For these reasons a verdict on the exercise of moderation should only be directed at oneself for there’s no absolute criterion.
Liberation Through Moderation:
“Everything that exceeds the bounds of moderation has an unstable foundation.” - Seneca
Choosing is the ultimate expression of free will and the ultimate practice of self-control. Quality of life is in the choosing.
The Moderation of Moderation
“Everything in moderation, including moderation.” – Oscar Wilde
Extract all possible enjoyment from the delights you have coddled. When indulging, indulge with gusto., and be present in the pleasure.
“Be moderate in order to taste the joys of life in abundance.” - Epicurus
Gratitude is above all; want, indulgence, moderation, abstinence, self-possession.
“Moderation. Small helpings. Sample a little bit of everything. These are the secrets of happiness and good health.” – Julia Child
When overtaken by excess, forgive yourself and try again. Temperance is a practice.
“Complete abstinence is easier than moderation.” – St. Augustine
For many, an absolute and firm position is easier or wiser.