Moderation …Now Please

Yes, moderation …now please. Moderation is a word that doesn’t seem to get a lot of attention, or even use, these days. But we sure could use a healthy dose of it worldwide.

What exactly does moderation mean? Well, it’s synonymous with restraint, control, and self-control.

Given the current state of affairs, with wars, and threats of nuclear annihilation, along with a number of political and idealistic groups of people pointing fingers at, and discounting, other groups of people, it’s a wonder our  planet hasn’t imploded.

Hey, we are all human beings sharing this beautiful globe. We desperately need to learn, as a whole species, how to authentically accept each other, as individual and unique beings. There are no two of us the same.

Understanding another takes work. It takes commitment to the actions of engaging and active listening. Then we need to develop the courage to take part in difficult conversations that, when done well, can almost always lead to understanding between individuals and groups.

What is it about us that we are so afraid of just being ourselves?  And, why do so many want to form groups with rules that force people to be the same as everyone else in those groups?

We are a fragile species. We need each other, not just to survive, but to truly thrive and become the best person we can be.

Every day we get bombarded with streaming news and social media. We hear about atrocities, horrific acts that people perpetrate against …other people, even children, and other animals too.

Social media is bursting with feedback. Anyone can state their opinion on any issue that pops up. Some comments are supportive, some are interesting, some offer more consideration; but sadly, some comments are unkind, intolerant and even hateful.

Many posts on social media do not include all the background information on a particular subject or news item. Our 21st century way of life is geared towards instant gratification, and so feedback is given without all the data being considered. This can be confusing, and sometimes even hurtful. Sometimes feedback can be entirely incorrect because of the lack of background information.

Moderation is what allows you to either refrain from commenting at all, or to do your research and get informed on the topic before having your say. This not only applies to things like social media, but in our day-to-day interactions with other people, especially those closest to us, like family, friends and co-workers.

Moderation is a form of kindness. It causes you to stop and think before proceeding.

Let’s have the Greek poet Hesiod (c.700 BC) have the last word:

‘Observe due measure; moderation is best in all things.’

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