Oscar Wilde is attributed with the saying “Everything in moderation, including moderation”. It’s interesting to see the many pro- and con- opinions about moderation. I can’t help but think however that Mr Wilde got it sort of spot on.
In modern Western culture we proliferate in a world of excess: having more, spending more, consuming more….everything is quite literally about “more more more”. Whoever originated the “everything in moderation” idea could quite easily have been plugged into the sustainable development paradigm even unconsciously. But the pejorative culture of excessive self-denial and martyrdom really doesn’t sit comfortably either.
It occurred to me that perhaps moderation in moderation is about balance. Go ahead and splurge on that Gucci bag: but not every month. Party party party – occasionally, otherwise it loses its charm. Feeling peckish? Binge on the one gourmet meal: too much, and our poor livers get a major headache. Feeling seriously chuffed with yourself – go ahead! Its not like we’re perfect……
I understand that this word already exists, but I think that the moderation of the modern nation could provide new meaning as an adjective: funsible – the act of having fun, responsibly.
“Waiter, another superlatively funsible orange juice with a twist please”.