“A wise man is superior to any insults which can be put upon him,
and the best reply to unseemly behavior is patience and moderation.”
– Jean-Baptiste Poquelin AKA Molière (1622-1673)
Moderation can be applied to many fields. It can be for food or drinks, and in this case, I’m try my best to restrain myself to eat too much, as I’m overweight and I want to stick to my new diet. Another way to look at this value is moderation in a productivity context. Sometime, I tend to be over excited on a personal project, spending many hours working on it, while slightly ignoring the other facets of my life. Moderation can also apply into the possessions, the things we buy and own. I must admit, I still need to improve on this virtue, because moderation is an important value to adopt and help in balancing our life. Since some months, I spend more time with my friends, and I allow myself the time to relax instead of cultivating the need to learn all the time. I also go more often to my local gym, exercising my body and losing some of the weight I want to eliminate. I also need to slow down my purchases, as I am an ardent collector.
The ADF Dedicant Manual defines the word ‘moderation’ as follows:
MODERATION: Cultivating one’s appetites so that one is neither a slave to them nor driven to ill health (mental or physical), through excess or deficiency.
The word appetite often refers to food, but it can also apply to an appetite for learning. This definition seems right to me, and I’ll now compare it with the definition from Oxford dictionary:
MODERATION noun. – The avoidance of excess or extremes, especially in one’s behavior or political opinions; The action of making something less extreme, intense, or violent.
The word ‘excess’ has been reported in both definition, but I don’t really like the definition from the Oxford dictionary. It seems to implicate that moderation is attributed only to manners or opinions. However, I do like the inclusion of “less extreme, intense, or violent”. Here is my own definition:
MODERATION: A personal motivation set to limit one’s own actions or behaviors judged excessive or deficient that could conduct to societal, mental or physical illness.
I have slightly combined both definitions, and added some of my ideas to explain my point of view of this value. Moderation should come from a personal will and effort to become a veritable value. One person can be forced to apply moderation and obtain the same result on his/her health, but it couldn’t be considered a value. Moderation should be regarded as an important value for the mind, the body and the spirit.
Word Count: 375 words (excluding the introductory, the Oxford and the ADF quotes)
- Corrigan, Ian. Our Own Druidry. Tucson: ADF Publishing, 2009.
- Oxford Dictionary – “Moderation“