The middle way. Do you believe in it?

Too much of something. - Too much of something is bad.
@argie713 (1809)
Philippines
June 15, 2007 10:21am CST
"Too much of something is bad enough, too much of nothing is just as tough" You must have heard this lines in a Spice Girls song. I believe in these lines. Too much money is bad. No money is also bad. Too many friends is bad. No friends is also bad. The list justs go on. Hindu people believe in this. They call it the middle way. I don't really know for sure, We've studied this way back in high school. The right way is the middle way. Just like the string of a guitar. Too tight and it would snap. Too loose and it would not play. Do you believe in this?
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@rhinoboy (2129)
15 Jun 07
You're right in realising that life is a constant balancing act. I would have serious reservations about adopting philosophy from the spice girls though. Look for something with just a little more depth - like Barney the purple dinosaur!!
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@argie713 (1809)
• Philippines
15 Jun 07
LOL. I don't like the Spice Girls myself. Maybe they got it from someone else.
@maehan (1445)
• United States
15 Jun 07
Yes, simply everything. It is just flying a kite. Control and let go, control and let go. This way it will able to fly when it is just right.
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@argie713 (1809)
• Philippines
15 Jun 07
True. When I was in high school, I had the thoughts of converting into Hinduism because this is what they teach. But in the end I thought. It not about the teachings. It's how you apply what is being taught.
@mexshyl (878)
• China
15 Jun 07
I believe in it. I think there's nothing always right. Nearly everything in our daily life is relative as you mentioned in your post. In our real life, no matter who you are, you should not be an extremist. Extremity could not do any good for us just make us in totally trouble. So the middle way maybe the best choice. Just my own opinion. Have a nice day! :)
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@argie713 (1809)
• Philippines
16 Jun 07
True. Extremes are bad. Just stay in the middle.
@mexshyl (878)
• China
25 Jun 07
Thanks for the best response. I appreciate it so much. Have a great day! :)
@addysmum (1225)
• Canada
15 Jun 07
I believe this is true. The problem is that our world is very material and the more we have the better we feel about our selves.
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@argie713 (1809)
• Philippines
15 Jun 07
Too much money makes you a target of criminals. Loving a person too much can hurt you.
@addysmum (1225)
• Canada
15 Jun 07
I don't think you can love too much. A mother loves with every cell in her body. When my son hurts I can feel it in every part of me. That is just the nature of love, and all the love in the world for the world would make things better all over the world. A lack of love is what makes this Earth so hard to live on. Love is truly the only thing you can't have enough of or give enough of. Everything else in moderation is the best.
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@asahibza (388)
• Canada
15 Jun 07
I think one should be flexible in life. I like middle way because of many reasons. No human being can claim to be perfect. Every one has rights of opinion and belief. One should not force one's views upon others nor think them to be the best. If everyone holds extreme ideas, this world will be hard to live. We have to learn to give and take. And that is the middle way. Negotiations, respecting others, yielding to reason and logic, adjustments etc. are part of middle way. And that should be the rule.
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@tigertang (1750)
• Singapore
15 Jun 07
AS a good Buddhist I should believe in the Middle Way. It really makes sense. I mean look at money. Being poor is no fun but people who have money become paranoid others are trying to fleece them and also have no fun. However, its easier said than done and indulgences are so much fun - hence I'm overweight. ;-)
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@cdparazo (5769)
• Philippines
15 Jun 07
I believe in it too. For me the way to live life is to live it in moderation and its the only way we can achieve balance. Middle way is balance and a well-balanced life and lifestyle is really the one, I believe, that is really healthy and a key to living longer.
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@argie713 (1809)
• Philippines
15 Jun 07
True. We must not take too much. Many people don't have those things.
@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
15 Jun 07
I don't think that too much of a good thing is bad. Too much money is hard to define because we can always find good and purposeful uses for it even if we have a lot. But too much drinking and smoking can do great harm to a person. How can you ever get too much love in your life? How can you ever be too happy or content in life? No money isn't necessarily bad because that situation can be fixed over time. I think it is well and fine to draw limits on some things, especially of the material nature. If you had a house that was 3000 square feet large, having a house 3 times as big isn't particularly better. I think it is often hard to know what the middle is for many things. But I can understand the idea behind the philosophy, just not sure how it applies to every area of life.
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@argie713 (1809)
• Philippines
15 Jun 07
I think too much is relative. I think middle means just having what you really need. No surplus.
@mike2003 (287)
• Philippines
16 Jun 07
To me, it's just personal satisfaction... Most people just don't know how to be satisfied and some don't know how to start... Too much of something is bad enough for, really but when do you know it's too much? Again, personal satisfaction....
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@firumon (501)
• India
16 Jun 07
Hi friend, I have not heard these lines but i believe these lines...... Too much friends is tough, its very correct. Because i have this experience. Whenever a happy moment will come, here is a formality that we want to give treat. Once i have taken a mobile. Its a good one. Which is nokia 6233. For that occasions my friends compelled me to give treat. And i gave it. How much rupees? Nearly 2000 rupees which is equal to more than 40 dollars. But also have one benefit. Every day we will get treat for some thing. Usually birthdays are come more. Too much money will come, we want to live inorder to serve it. And our life will spoiled. So too much money is also tough...... I am not a Hindu but i belive it because of this experiences. Thanks a lot dear. Keep in touch.....
@FSCAries (881)
• United States
16 Jun 07
Yes, I think that's true. It's like the adage we've all heard, moderation is the key. Anything in excess is gluttony and having nothing of things leaves one deprived.
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@edis0n (5)
• Philippines
16 Jun 07
Yup, be contented and be thankful with what we have will make us appreciate life better. Too much of everything will cause us lots of negative things.
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@LittleMel (14055)
• Canada
15 Jun 07
yup as I get older I tend to go to the middle. nothing extreme, everything on moderation. I realize now that what glitters is not always gold and having enough is better than lack of or having too much. this is true even if in terms of health.
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
15 Jun 07
It is the balance in all things mentality and one I like to achieve when at all possible. So yes I do believe. Can be tough at times however it is well worth the effort and over time it can show you how much it is important and well played out in your life. Good luck with this.
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@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
15 Jun 07
I do believe that going to the extremes is not a good idea. It is always safer to be on the middle way. It is just like the scales. If the fulcrum is too far or too near, it is lop-sided. Only when it is in the middle does it balance. Hence, for balance, it is always beneficial just be to be on the middle way.
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• India
22 Jun 07
Yes I believe in the same.
@taheraa (1547)
• Giza, Egypt
19 Jun 07
Yes, i am strongly believe taht always the middle way is the best. But i say the insite satisfactions can accept any sitiuation the people face.
@derek_a (10902)
17 Jun 07
Yes, I would also call this being centered. In Zen, this is so we are not chasing after anything or running away from anything. It is just developing the ability to be detached and this is spiritually empowering :-)