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Every week on the news there is something new from a different doctor saying that your one time vice is now good for you It could be that red wine is good for the heart or chocolate is good for something else After the doctor explains this medical breakthrough he adds the catch The catch is only in moderation If drinking wine and eating chocolate in moderation is good for me what else is good for me in moderation Is moderation the way I should live my life There are limitations everywhere Moderation is prudence reasonableness nothing in excess or middle way It is defined as the quality of being moderate restraint avoidance of extremes or excesses Moderation is also a belief of many religions Taoists have moderation as one of The Three Jewels of their beliefs and practices Buddhist has what is called The Middle Way Stoicism teaches moderation as one of their Four Chief Virtues Taoists have moderation as one of The Three Jewels of their beliefs and practices The Three Jewels to be sought by a Taoist are compassion moderation and humility Many people believe Taoists are always alone In fact they believe strongly that one should spend time equally with others and by your self You need time alone to do what you cannot do around others like sleep and meditate It will give you clearness that you not otherwise find You will understand your friends and ascendances better You will know your self better In the Tao Te Ching the philosophical book used in Taoism there is a verse that talks about moderation or excess Your fame or your person which is dearer Your person or your goods which is worth more Gain or loss which is the greater bane That is why excessive meanness is sure to lead to great expense Too much store is sure to end in immense loss
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