Saturday, October 6, 2012

The wisdom of Henry Kissinger

"Moderation is a virtue
         only in those who are thought to have an alternative."
Henry A. Kissinger (b. 1923)

I know, I know, it's a bit hard to get past the lingering "gag me" response when you read the words "wisdom of Henry Kissinger," bear with me here….

His cerebral and very reserved epigram, above, offers a very sound reason to stop and think for a minute.

Some questions you might ask yourself:

Are you one of "those"?

What is the alternative to "moderation"?

What does "moderation" possibly mean to those who are thought to have no alternative?

Anyway, shouldn't "moderation" be self-defined? Isn't "moderation" a personal value, defined by self-reference?

Shouldn't we all do a real thorough job of taking stock of our own capacity for "moderation" before we start prescribing for "those who are thought to have an alternative"?

Sadly, too many folks seem to think that "moderation" is a real good thing for other people to have….

Think big...
on being open-minded....
Letting go, holding on.....

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