Granted, living a life of moderation has the evident advantages of practicing moderation vs. excess, yet too often moderation leads to excess as the individual gives into forces of environment and human frailty. It seems that most negative excess is found through repeated trial and error. That person must be trying to fine-tune his moderate level with good old human experience.
Also, doesn't practicing "everything in moderation" lead to certain uniformity vs. variety? When does society overstep personal freedom as it demands people must contend with small doses of everything? Some reject a life of moderation as a means of self expression. As long as their practices and beliefs are within the law and within acceptable moral limits, they must be free to extend beyond moderation to extremes. The fact that some moderates judge their actions "extreme" does not give the moderates the right to force vague concepts of behavior upon so-called "extremists."
And, does similarity actually weaken a country based on vast diversity? New inventions and unique models of thinking require fertile ground for diversity. Many refuse to run in the middle of the pack. When pushed into a specific place of moderation, these people find strength to outperform others within their very diverse natures. I'm reminded of the Kinks and Ray Davies song, "I'm Not Like Everybody Else." The lyrics of the song include the following: "But darling, you know that I love you true/ Do anything that you want me to,/Confess all my sins like you want me to,/There's one thing that I will say to you,/I'm not like everybody else."
Here are some popular quotes on moderation that may be food for thought:
1. "Moderation in people who are contented comes from that calm that good fortune lends to their spirit." Francois De La Rochefoucauld , French Classical writer2. "I