Posted by: Nathan M. | October 13, 2009

Balance

Aristotle believed that virtues are those attributes that have achieved the mean between two extremes of a vice. For example, courage is the mean between cowardice and rashness. This balance is what we should all strive for, according to Aristotle. In this way, we must recognize that there is often good in extremes, but we need to "tone it down". I believe that this is wisdom. There are many things in this life that involve having the right balance. In fact, in many ways life is all about balance-I have found this particularly true in my walk with God.

In this way, I believe that many times when we see personality types that are extreme, we label them as some type of condition and try to medicate the person. I believe that many of these conditions are simply certain virtues that have been allowed to grow to a point that they have become extreme, and therefore have developed into vices. One of the reasons for this is the lack of discipline on the part of many parents. This lack has been spread to the school system, where teachers are no longer allowed to criticize the students in any way. As a result, we are replacing parenting with drugs.

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