As the butler here in a billionaire's world, I've often noticed and admired that moderation seems to be the rule of the day around here.
By definition, it just means restraint and avoidance of excess, in everything from food, alcohol, tobacco, politics, temper and mood -- anything we frail human beings are prone to.
In fact, in a post entitled "What Do Rich People Eat" I mentioned how carefully my billionaire family avoids getting fat from all the rich food available to them.
- Mark Twain said he didn't care for moderation himself, but "It's always been my rule to never smoke while asleep, or refrain from smoking when awake."
- Oscar Wilde suggested that "Moderation is a fatal thing".
- Plato thought a man of moderation was someone of character and wisdom.
- Aristotle advised to avoid extremes and seek "moderation in all things."
- And Saint Augustine said that "Complete abstinence is easier than moderation."
Obviously, there's a huge debate.
It's a choice, of course, and ultimately becomes a way of life.
But having tossed this idea around for a long time (and to condense the wit and wisdom of people much wiser than me), my own adopted point of view is simply this:
"Moderation should never be carried to extreme!"
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