Life Is a Balancing Act

Life is a balancing act and your Quest should be to embrace the ups & downs, the good & the bad, the joy & the challenges. THIS IS YOUR QUEST!

Whatever you do you need balance. If you lean too far one side or the other you will fall off.

In chapter 14 of “This Is Your Quest” I describe with the help of Aristotle, the concept of “golden mean“. Aristotle explains that the “golden mean” is an intermediate condition between two other states: one involving excess and the other deficiency. To take an example, the courageous person judges that some dangers are worth facing and others not, and experiences fear to a degree that is appropriate to his circumstances. The courageous person lies between a coward, who feels every danger and experiences excessive fear, and the rash person, who experiences little or no fear. Finding the “golden mean” in any situation is not a mechanical or thoughtless procedure but one which requires a full and detailed acquaintaince with the circumstances.

This “golden mean” concept is known as “the middle way” in Eastern Philosophy, such as Buddhism; it describes the path between two extremes. The middle way can be considered a universal pursuit – a Quest for a way of life that would give the greatest value to human existence. And this, my dear friend, is your Quest!

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