EMMA'S NOTES #14

On moderation

🙋🏼‍♀️ Dearest you,

One of the biggest aha-moments I had when I was eighteen, is the insight that you can have multiple feelings and opinions at the same time.

You might be thinking: well, duhhhh 🤦🏻‍♀️

But I wasn't up until then.

Much of my thinking was directed at finding THE ONE TRUTH.

Did event X make me feel happy or sad? Do I think action Y is wrong or right? Is situation Z black or white?

Until one day it dawned on me: it could be both.

Yep, simple as that. Such freedom! Having to take one stand for eternity turned into being free to experience a melting-pot of feelings, thoughts, and opinions.

I recently read about moderation in a book called The Road to Character by David Brooks:

The mere notion of moderation stems from the acknowledgment of polarities coexisting. the world doesn’t fold neatly together. It’s a mess of half-truths.

For a long time, I saw moderation as a lack of backbone, or fear to take a stand.

I changed my mind about that, however.

Moderation might not be that bad after all. Maybe it's a natural consequence of seeing reality for what it is: complex beyond comprehension.

This should never however, lead to inaction. The fact that the world is more gray than either black or white, doesn't mean you shouldn't do good.

Have a great week,

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