"Every virtue carried to the extreme, is a vice." — Aristotle
Aristotle didn't actually say that lol but it looked cooler to have a Greek Philosopher quote to start this article.
My dad used to always say, "Life is a balance." He'd usually hit me with that #Knowledge when I was studying incessantly. "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" he would say to me. 👨🏼🏫
(Sometimes my dad uses "it's a balance" reasoning to justify things he's doing which I don't totally agree with. For example, "Oh ya I'll have that huge piece of pie and ice cream because I had a salad at lunch today. Life's a balance!" That's not the point of this article though).
Back in the day, I would balk when my dad said those things. But now, seemingly more mature, I am much more of the school of thought that The Middle Path is often the way to go.
I am not well versed in Buddhism — most of the stuff I know comes from autodidactic reading on Wikipedia — but from what I understand The Middle Path (also called The Middle Way) is:
A path that transcends and operates between two extremes.
I think what really got me into this concept was an explanation of the Yin and the Yang. Once again, I am not a scholar in Ancient Chinese philosophy by any means but what I understand is that the Yin represents chaos (among other things) and the Yang represents order. Within Yin (i.e. chaos) there is a little bit of order) and within Yang (i.e. order) there is a little bit of chaos. ☯️ Jordan Petersen says that one should strive to dance along the line of the Yin and the Yang between order and chaos. You don't want to be so chaotic that you're losing your marbles and you're not sure what to do. At the same time, you don't want to be so rigid that it's difficult to function. ☯
You know this has to be true, when a Jedi said it.
Only a Sith deals in absolutes. — Obi-Wan Kenobi
Strive for The Middle Path, young Padawan.
Written: October 28, 2020