Moderation is the process of eliminating or lessening extremes. It is
used to ensure normality throughout the medium on which it is being
conducted. Common uses of moderation include:
Ensuring consistency and accuracy in the marking of student
A moderator may remove unsuitable contributions from the website,
IRC channel they represent in accordance with their
A more proactive nuance is found in the
Methodist church's use of the
term for the heads of its conferences.
A neutron moderator is used to slow down neutrons in a nuclear
A way of life emphasizing perfect amounts of everything, not indulging
in too much of one thing, hence moderation.
1.1 Ancient Greece
2 See also
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Moderation is also a principle of life. In ancient Greece, the temple
of Apollo at
Delphi bore the inscription Meden Agan (μηδὲν
ἄγαν) - 'Nothing in excess'. Doing something "in moderation"
means not doing it excessively. For instance, someone who moderates
their food consumption tries to eat all food groups, but limits their
intake of those that may cause deleterious effects to harmless levels.
According to the historian and sociologist of science Steven
From the pre-Socratics through the Hippocratic and Galenic corpus, and
in the writings of such Stoic philosophers as
Epictetus and Seneca,
health was seen to flow from observing moderation – in exercise, in
study, and in diet.
Everything in moderation, illustration of a proverb by Adriaen van de
Venne, 1650s, National Museum in Warsaw
Similarly, in Christianity, moderationism is the position that
drinking alcoholic beverages temperately is permissible, though
drunkenness is forbidden (see
Christianity and alcohol).
Book of Wisdom
Book of Wisdom moderation is listed among the greatest virtues.
Moderation is considered a key part of one's personal development in
Taoist philosophy and religion and is one of the three jewels
Taoist thought. There is nothing that cannot be moderated including
one's actions, one's desires and even one's thoughts. It is believed
that by doing so one achieves a more natural state, faces less
resistance in life and recognises one's limits. Taken to the
extreme, moderation is complex and can be difficult to not only
accept, but also understand and implement. It can also be recursive in
that one should moderate how much one moderates (i.e. to not be too
worried about moderating everything or not to try too hard in finding
a middle ground).
Moderation as a principle of
Taoist philosophy turns up in all three
of its main texts.
Moderation is a characteristic of the Swedish national psyche, more
specifically described by the Swedish synonym Lagom.
Moderate Muslims adhere to the concept of contextual relativism as a
way to grasp meaning from the Quran.
In an internet forum a moderator is one who enforces the rules.
^ Steven Shapin, Never Pure: Historical Studies of Science as if It
Was Produced by People with Bodies, Situated in Time, Space, Culture,
and Society, and Struggling for Credibility and Authority, second
edition, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010, 568 pages, page 245
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