adj., n. mod-er-it, mod-rit; v. mod-uh-reyt] Show IPA adjective, noun, verb, mod·er·at·ed, mod·er·at·ing.
1. kept or keeping within reasonable or proper limits; not extreme, excessive, or intense: a moderate price.
2. of medium quantity, extent, or amount: a moderate income.
3. mediocre or fair: moderate talent.
4. calm or mild, as of the weather.
5. of or pertaining to moderates, as in politics or religion.
6.a person who is moderate in opinion or opposed to extreme views and actions, especially in politics or religion.
7 ( usually initial capital letter ) a member of a political party advocating moderate reform.
verb (used with object)
8. to reduce the excessiveness of; make less violent, severe, intense, or rigorous: to moderate the sharpness of one's words.
9. to preside over or at (a public forum, meeting, discussion, etc.).
verb (used without object)
10. to become less violent, severe, intense, or rigorous.
11. to act as moderator; preside.
1350–1400; Middle English moderate (adj.), moderaten (v.) < Latin moderātus (past participle of moderārī to restrain, control), equivalent to
moderā- verb stem ( see modest) + -tus past participle suffix
(Authors note: This is not a thread about ATS moderators or their practices. There are already enough threads on that subject. I would suggest using
the search function if you wish to find one of them, but be aware, the results are so large that they might crash your computer!
Hello again ATS. May I ask you for a few more minutes of your time? I know... I know... I tend to ask for a lot of it lately, but please indulge me.
When I was a younger man I tended to like the animal... that is a colloqlial way of saying I liked to drink. And a very wise person reminded me of
something that I was taught very early on in life... All things in moderation
. I'll be honest and admit that it took me another couple of
decades to heed that advice, as far as my habits at the local pub went. But I eventually did take it to heart.
Pick just about any subject, substance, issue, habit, preoccupation, hobby, interest... anything and it almost a no brainer to apply this adage to it.
All things in moderation.
Spend 72 staight hours on W.O.W.? Someone is likely to advise that you practice moderation.
Eat 14 Big Macs per day? Moderation
Think every person who looks at you has an agenda? Moderation
Over and over again, the answer to a quality, healthy, functional life is, and say it with me, MODERATION
It is often a very positive word... Thank God it was only a moderate heart attack
or We got lucky folks, and as far as tornadoes go, this
one was very moderate...
Oddly there are two subjects ( that spring to mind ) that seem to ignore this rule... Religion and politics. Maybe that's why it's common knowledge
that one shouldn't discuss either in polite company. One has to wonder though, why does a universally proven and accepted methodology suddenly become
a reprehensible evil in these two areas? I mean most of us would want to SCREAM the word at the guy who eats the 14 Big Macs per day... and yet when
it comes to our religions and our Politicians suddenly we want absolutists... we want people who despise the very concept of moderated behavior?
My answer is short and sweet. Because religion and politics are the sweet spot... where the power is... So we can't have folks being rational and
analytical about them. That might undermine the agenda of those who posses the power. In these areas they simply have
to convince us that
moderate is the dirtiest word in the world. They have to divide us and they know that these two subjects are the very foundation of modern society.
Who cares about the rest of the structure. It's always under construction and in a state of flux... but the foundations? They're solid and they are
the key to everything else.
Through religion control of the mind and of behavior is had.
Through politics ( government ) control of resources, finances, military power, and law are controlled.
These are the keystones of the entire, giant, whacky, bizarre, contradicting, diverse, global ball of wax. All of it. Sure, a few other things can
bring power. Money, fame, talent... but that type of power doesn't match up to the big two. These types of power are lesser and are fickle, let them
be moderate all day long... Just as long as God and Government are polarizing - the rest is just semantics. In these two specific fields, suddenly
absolutes become not only the rule - but they absolutely and utterly lash out against any exception to the rule with the splitting fallacy...
You're either with us or you're against us
Moderate religious leaders tend to be written off as lukewarm, secular, or even apostate.
Moderate politicians are attacked with terms such as innefectual, namby-pamby, waffling, etc.
Apparently if you want to love God, you better love him a LOT. And if you want to serve the people in Politics... Well you'd better pick a side and
follow the doctrine of that side blindly. If not... Well you're not going to go very far in either field. You might garner a bit of fame or praise.
But you'll never get within miles of any real power or authority. Simply practicing moderative thinking in either of these realms will get you
marginalized, excommunicated, mocked, or even beheaded.
Extreme positions are not succeeded by moderate ones, but by contrary extreme positions.
Politics, it seems to me, for years, or all too long, has been concerned with right or left instead of right or wrong.
What is a moderate interpretation of the text? Halfway between what it really means and what you'd like it to mean?
Many people around the President have sizeable egos before entering government, some with good reason. Their new positions will do little to moderate
There are many men of principle in both parties in America, but there is no party of principle.
Alexis de Tocqueville
I would like Obama to be tougher on going up against the Republicans, I don't think he should try to be so moderate.
All of us who are concerned for peace and triumph of reason and justice must be keenly aware how small an influence reason and honest good will exert
upon events in the political field.
These critics organize and practice in my case a sort of obsessive personality cult which philosophers should know how to question and above all, to
In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant.
Charles de Gaulle
Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule - and both commonly succeed, and
Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.
edit on 9/27/12 by Hefficide because: (no reason given)