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Balance is delicate ‚ÄĒ a Goldilocks concept : ¬†just right. ¬†Early Greek philosophers articulated it well : ¬†moderation in all things. ¬†German designers of the Bauhaus school borrowed the concept, observing that less is more. ¬†Yet so many humans, especially in youth, tend to subscribe to a risky ¬†position by arguing that, if some is fun or good, ¬†more is better. ¬†

We can become addicted to substances, to pleasures, to self. ¬†But we can also become addicted to nonsense, making a god out of purity, abstinence ‚ÄĒ resulting in¬†holier than thou¬†positions, and judgementalism. ¬†(Yes, I get it, that some people simply have problems maintaining balance, and their only practical resort is abstinence ‚ÄĒ and I do not judge that position.) ¬†Whatever works to attain balance is wise, even if it may appear to be immoderately severe to other folks. ¬†Jesus said¬†judge not, lest ye be judged. ¬†And that’s a delicate and difficult instruction.

Presently I’m located in a state which has banned all alcohol sales, again. (I’ve written on this topic before.) ¬†Said state also insists that people wear masks ‚ÄĒ a wise policy, brilliantly enforced by traffic laws. ¬†They even insist that everyone smear alcoholic sanitizer on their hands upon entering a store ‚ÄĒ a practice which I find bizarre. ¬†Hey, the world is dirty, and as soon as I touch anything, so am I. ¬†There is even some evidence that hand sanitizer is unhealthy, if it has been made with methanol, which is toxic, and can be absorbed thru the skin. ¬†¬Ņ Is such a state poisoning citizens?

But the inconsistency about alcohol is odd. ¬†On one hand (yeah, on both) the state advocates using alcohol to prevent cv-19 infection, and on the other it bans alcohol consumption where it could be considered medicinal to the throat ‚ÄĒ the main entry portal of the plague. ¬†Drinking a little alcohol might actually be beneficial, as long as it is done moderately. ¬†

Of course, no state can legislate moderation. ¬†Yet they continue to try. ¬†And people continue to drink hand sanitizer when they can’t buy booze, and then die. ¬†Together we can get thru this pandemic if we think carefully.