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Moderation

By Don Swinney | April 1, 2013

Isn’t it strange that too little of some things is bad and too much of some things are also bad? This beginning reminds me of a poem with which I came in contact with a number of years ago. If I don’t remember the title nor the author then tough, I’m using it anyway. Isn’t it Strange?  Isn’t it strange that Princes and KingsAnd clowns that caper in sawdust rings,And common people, like you and meAre builders for eternity? Each is given a bag of tools A measuring stickAnd a set of rulesAnd each must build ere life is flownA stumbling block or stepping stone {{more}}So whether you find it strange that too much or too little of something is bad, I hope you see the connection of that and the poem. Let me give some examples: Out where I live, in West Texas, especially during the last few years, we are experiencing severe drought. And yet, I see on TV rains and floods. When I see that, I wonder just how many acres all that weather would adequately irrigate; if there were some way of averaging it out; if it could come in moderation. Then there is the heat. The heat in the summer is often death out here to us in triple digits. I’ve been told there is no such thing as heat. There is only the absence of cold. Or is it the other way around? One way or the other, we have a lot of it around here. Now, when that happens you have a lot of fires, be the forest or just the dry field kind. When it is extremely hot or cold, we often think how nice it would be to live in Hawaii. Recently, I heard that folks who live in Hawaii miss have distinctive seasons. I learned this little jingle from my Mother long ago.                 As a rule man’s a fool                When it’s hot he wants it cool.                When it’s cold he wants it hot.                Never satisfied with what he had got. Or this one, from my father:                 Spring has sprung, Fall has fell                Summer’s come and it’s hotter than …..                It usually is. Mankind has tended to swing from one extreme to the opposite. When he sees the error of the first, instead of just correcting it, he swings to the opposite. This speaks to moderation. So if you try to correct this thesis, go easy.