The irresistible extremes

The irresistible extremes

Orchis purpurea – a Slovene native orchid (Orchidaceae)

It is true that Aristotle wrote about the golden middle or in other words about moderation in all things, but this is usually the toughest way of life. Exaggeration on the other hand is a lot easier. Why? Because one does not have to think and make decisions about how to reach the golden middle. One simply exaggerates in everything and makes oneself and others believe that one is right.

Let me give you an example. A hundred years ago parents were very strict, beating their kids was a normal thing to do. Yet there were exceptions – parents that showed their offspring love and not just strictness.

Nowadays we have another trend – spoiling the kids by giving them only love and no strictness, no rules, no limitations. Yet today, as well, there are parents, who manage to abide to the Aristotle’s golden middle rule by giving their children strictness and not just love.

Trying to reach the golden middle is like walking on a rope. One has to keep balance all the time. Thus, being moderate means a life-long process, which is not very popular nowadays, when the majority is looking for instant solutions, so they would have more time to watch TV.

Take care,
Helena Smole, author of Balancing the Beast, a book offering a bright view of schizoaffective disorder ˗ bipolar or manic-depressive type

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