Insincere Calls For Moderation

Not every call for moderation is sincere. It is possible to call for moderation and want none of it. How so? If a certain institution is lenient, indulgent, and slow to anger, it will nonetheless be forced to draw the line at some point.

When the institution draws the line and begins to scold, chastise, and discipline, sentimentalists will accuse the institution of being “immoderate.” In fact, the very acts of scolding and chastisement and discipline are creating a moderate condition. They are balancing the lenience and indulgence which are typical.

This is typical of a sentimental age, though. Indulgence reigns. When indulgence ends, calls for moderation are little more than calls for indulgence to return again.

Published by Joshua Gibbs

Sophist. De-activist. Hack. Avid indoorsman.

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