Balance is delicate — 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 — 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 — 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 — a wise policy, brilliantly enforced by traffic laws. They even insist that everyone smear alcoholic sanitizer on their hands upon entering a store — 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. ¿ 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 — 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.