I move to this website because I learned about the insight of “not over-“ / “not too much”, moderation and balance.

We want to be always happy, but there is sadness if there is happiness. This is natural(常然).
We want success, but there is failure if there is success. This is natural.
We want sustainability, but there is death if there is birth. This is natural.

There seems to be a relationship between extremity and tipping point(物極必反)—”As soon as a thing reaches its extremity, it reverses its course. Things will develop in the opposite direction when they become extreme. No extreme will hold long.”(Chinese proverb dictionaries) Too much water drowned the miller?
Key words: “over-“, “excessive”, “too”, “more and more …”

Nothing in excess.

There is also a Chinese proverb called 樂極生悲 (extreme joy begets sorrow; extreme pleasure will be followed by sorrow).

Balance between material(物質) & spirit/mind(精神)—over-materialistic or only emphasise spiritual are two extremes.
balance between rationality/thinking(理性) & sensibility/feeling(感性)
balance between bottom-up & top-down

not over-optimistic, not over-pessimistic
not over-active, not over-passive—more haste, less speed
not over-hot, not over-cold

Of course, bias is natural (diversity). It’s good as long not over-.(不過(度/份)就好。)

Negative is one end (extreme), positive is also one end. It’s good as long as not over- (over-positive or over-negative).
Sometimes :), sometimes :(. It’s good as long as not over-.
Self vs. Group, good as long as it’s not over-.

And most importantly, even if it is taken to the extreme, moderationism is still “moderate in moderation”. Still moderate!

Happy new Maya year.

Tony Phuah’s website
It’s good as long as not over-. • Moderation • balance

Last updated: 5 November 2013