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rob
Posted: Friday, May 18, 2012 4:10:19 AM

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I found this page:

http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/Moderation+in+all+things

And would like to discuss some of its possible interpretations. Think

Thank you.

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Being the moderate person I am, I'll refrain from partaking in this thread and leave the tussle to the moderately peaceful native speakers.

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thar
Posted: Friday, May 18, 2012 4:50:53 AM

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moderation in all things.

that means, whatever you do, be moderate, not extreme.

drink, but not too much. Eat, but not to much. Work, but not too hard. Play, but not too hard.

I prefer

Moderation in all things, including moderation.

that means, the philosphy of moderation is OK most of the time. But do not take it to the extreme, by being moderate in everything all the time.

Sometimes you have to cut loose and go wild!!! Dancing Dancing Dancing
Marissa La Faye Isolde
Posted: Friday, May 18, 2012 8:29:04 AM
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A very good insight Thar. Being 'moderate' all the time does seem dull.
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Posted: Friday, May 18, 2012 12:04:33 PM

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"Moderation in all things"
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002

Moderation in Taoism
Moderation is considered a key part of ones personal development in Taoist philosophy and religion and is one of the three jewels of Taoist thought. There is nothing that cannot be moderated including ones actions, ones desires and even thoughts. It is believed that by doing so one achieves a more natural state, faces less resistance in life and recognises their limits.[1] Taken to the extreme, moderation is complex and can be difficult to not only accept, but also understand and implement. It can also be recursive in that one should moderate how much they moderate (i.e. to not be too worried about moderating everything or not to try too hard in finding a middle ground).[2] Moderation as a principle of Taoist Philosophy turns up in all three of its main texts. It is a life long process attempting to moderate oneself as there is no specific goal nor guide one can use making it an internal process as well as ongoing (or non ending).

(this is universal philosophy also)

thar is absolutely correct and is great !!!.
almostfreebird
Posted: Friday, May 18, 2012 12:25:23 PM

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Moderation in Urban Dictionary:

An imaginary place that exist where ever you drink.

I always drink in moderation and wake up the next morning feeling like shit.


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Posted: Friday, May 18, 2012 12:37:24 PM

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In medio stat virtus (Virtue is in the middle way) ;!
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So everything in moderation including moderation would be like, always breath oxygen, if you don't you will die. And don't use heroin in moderation because one time could kill you? Is this fair to say or accurate?
Ashwin Joshi
Posted: Saturday, July 08, 2017 11:20:51 AM

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The word 'moderation, has chiefly been used for food, talkativeness and drink.






Me Gathering Pebbles at The Seashore.-Aj
NKM
Posted: Saturday, July 08, 2017 5:22:32 PM

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jcbarros wrote:
In medio stat virtus (Virtue is in the middle way) ;!

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Or "Virtue just gets in the way."

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jay rama wrote:
So everything in moderation including moderation would be like, always breath oxygen, if you don't you will die. And don't use heroin in moderation because one time could kill you? Is this fair to say or accurate?

Hello Jay Rama. Welcome to the forum.
I agree with your sentiments - some things don't have a 'moderate level' really.

One can't be 'moderately dead' or 'moderately pregnant'.

A young man called Bert Jansch wrote a song many years ago. I heard him sing it in a pub called 'The Troubador' just after he wrote it. ("Snow" was a street-name for Heroin).
Needle of Death - Bert Jansch


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Ashwin Joshi
Posted: Sunday, July 09, 2017 4:57:52 AM

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The word 'moderation' is contextual.

Me Gathering Pebbles at The Seashore.-Aj
TheParser
Posted: Sunday, July 09, 2017 9:36:58 AM
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Here in the United States, there are two extreme political sides: the left (so-called "liberals") and the right (so-called "conservatives").

The people who are neither left nor right are called "moderates."

They realize that both the "liberals" and the "conservatives" have some good points.

Another term for a moderate would be "middle-of-the-roader."





tunaafi
Posted: Sunday, July 09, 2017 12:16:12 PM

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TheParser wrote:
Here in the United States, there are two extreme political sides: the left (so-called "liberals") and the right (so-called "conservatives").

In The UK, I would certainly not call people with liberal or conservative views 'extreme' political sides. Equally, I would not use the word 'extreme' of the liberals or conservatives in the United States.
tunaafi
Posted: Monday, July 10, 2017 3:16:34 AM

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One problem with defining 'moderate' when we are talking about political ideas is that most of us tend to think of ourselves as moderate. We may include ideas slightly to the left or right of ours in the moderate zone, but that's it.

Unlike TheParser, I do not consider the terms 'left' and 'right' to be, in themselves, terms denoting extremism. Most people, in the UK at least seem to have some leaning towards conservative (right-wing(ish) or socialist (left-wing-ish) views. Indeed, it is difficult to think of what a 'neutral' view might be. We don't consider people with such ideas extremists.

There also appears to be a fundamental difference between the political spectra of many Americans and those of many Europeans. Many moderately coservative people in Europe have views on care of the sick, elderly and underprivileged that seem to many Americans to be very left-wing indeed. I am shocked sometimes by what appears to me to be the very right-wing views on these matters of some of my American friends who are considered 'liberal' in the USA.

The word 'liberal' itself is an example of this difference. In Europe, this word is generally used in a positive way of people and ideas that are open-minded and socially aware. Some Americans in the Politics forum here seem to use it in a very negative way of anyone who is not a born-again Christian, capitalist, rugged individualist.
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