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Måttfullhet – den femte av de sju dygderna/Temperance – the fifth of the seven virtues

Måttfullhet – den femte av de sju dygderna/Temperance – the fifth of the seven virtues

Svenska:

Måttfullhet[1], på latin temperantia och på grekiska sofrosyne, är en personlig egenskap och en av kardinaldygderna[2], enligt Aristoteles. Måttfullhet handlar om att lägga band på sig själv och att inte alltid ge uttryck för sina lustar. Måttfullheten är återhållsam och besinnad, men även känslig och ödmjuk.

Enligt Aristoteles är måttfullheten en balans mellan extrempositionerna tygellöshet och okänslighet, men även en ytterlighet i sig själv. Att vara måttfull är att enligt Aristoteles vara fullkomlig. Måttfullheten är en självbevarelse, men den är inte självisk och har betydelse för andra. Till skillnad från den måttfulle är den obehärskade självisk, precis som den tygellöse är egoistisk.

Wikipedia

Lagom

Ett annat ord för måttfullhet är ordet Lagom. I Ulrikas bok 2:47 AM – The Journey Home to My Heart skriver hon (sida 78):

Lagom: The word ‘lagom’ actually goes back all the way to the Vikings, where they shared a pint of mead. Everybody was just allowed one sip so it would be enough for everybody. Nothing more, nothing less, just barely enough for everybody. So ‘lagom’ means sort of “around the team” but its meaning comes from lack, from scarcity and not abundance. Like, you cannot drink or ask for too much (of love, food, money, flow, anything). Because that means that others will be without! You are only allowed as much as everybody else, and it is deep in our Swedish imprints in our cells. And most of us are totally unaware of it, unconsciously.

Och i Holy F*ck and Sacred Water-The Secret Connections to Everything (kapitel 36):

“As Swedes, we grew up with programs such as: Be considerate, politically correct, polite, and don’t feel or express too many emotions. Nor should we be too sensitive since this causes discomfort/inconvenience for others. These are our cultural beliefs, our cultural and collective “truths.”

We have been fed with: Hold onto your emotions. Suppress them. Swallow them. Ignore them. Pretend they are not there. Keep busy and occupied. Be active so you don’t have to feel. Numb yourself. Distract yourself. Avoid feelings and emotions. Stick your head in the sand so you don’t get hurt. God forbid that you are too sad, too successful, or too happy. Be appropriate (lagom in Swedish).

In Sweden we also have an unwritten rule in our cells, in our DNA, called “jantelagen” or “Who do you think you are? You simply cannot allow yourself to be too much of anything. You have to adapt, be like everybody else.”

Fucked up programmeringar

Dessa fucked up progarmmeringar skapar rädsla och brist. Dessa kontrollprogram skapades för att förhindra oss att leva i vår kraft och fulla potential. Om vi skulle leva i vår fulla potential skulle det ej gå att styra oss som de gör nu (restriktioner tex i samband med ”corona” läs mer här)… Med andra ord, som vi ser det, är denna dygd skapad av eliten som ett medvetet program för att hålla oss  små och begränsade – utan tilltro till oss själva och vår kraft.

Vad blir konsekvenserna när vi lever i rädsla och brist?

Det skapar en stor inre stress och osäkerhet. Brist på tillit till sig själv, till andra samt till livet. Vi får ej ha för stora drömmar/visioner. Vi är aldrig bra nog. Tycker vi att vi är bra – så är det inte bra – då är vi egoistiska, stöddiga och själviska. Tycker vi att vi inte är tillräckligt bra – så är det inte heller bra – då upplevs vi som svaga, osäkra och veka. Vi kan liksom inte vinna för hur det än är har vi ”rumpan bak”…

Detta i sin tur leder till många stressrelaterade sjukdomar här i västvärlden; tex utbrändhet, depression, oro och ångest, ät och sömnstörningar. Balansen att vara ”lagom” är dessutom hårfin – och vem bestämmer egentligen vad som är lagom?

Självisk och Egoistisk värld

 Apropå måttfullhet/lagom så titta bara hur det ser ut i världen… De med pengar och makt som styr, är ej särskilt måttfulla. Det är väldigt kopplat med girighet också. Några få äger allt och lever i överflöd på bekostnad av andra som lever på existensminimum.

En stor del av problematiken idag är ju ett distributionsproblem. Det finns ett överflöd för alla. Det finns dock en elit som ej vill vara måttfulla. Här skulle verkligen måttfullheten vara eftersträvansvärd. Läs mer om detta i blogginlägget om girighet Vi skriver även om denna obalans i inlägget om frosseri.

Askes

Inom vissa religioner lever man i askes (avhållsamhet). Det är polariteten till frosseri. Universum eftersträvar att skapa balans, så emellan frosseri, girighet och askes skapas på något märkligt sätt en slags universell balans. Lagom hade då varit något bra så man ej behöver vara i de två extrema motpolerna.

Dock är avhållsamhet från livet själv –  inte heller balanserat eller önskvärt. Kanske eliten skulle må bra av några årtusenden i askes ;)? Då skulle vi kanske ha universell balans…

Var känner du att måttfullheten är en begränsning – på grund av kontroll, rädsla eller brist – i ditt liv?

När är måttfullheten i balans – en dygd  – i ditt liv?

 

Dela gärna dina reflektioner omkring detta ämne i kommentarerna nedan. Vi ser fram emot att höra ditt perspektiv och tankar!

English:

Temperance in its modern use is defined as moderation or voluntary self-restraint. It is typically described in terms of what an individual voluntarily refrains from doing. This includes restraint from revenge by practicing non-violence and forgiveness, restraint from arrogance by practicing humility and modesty, restraint from excesses such as extravagant luxury or splurging by practicing prudence, and restraint from rage or craving by practicing calmness and self-control.[2]

Temperance is one of the six virtues in the positive psychology classification, included with wisdomcouragehumanityjustice, and transcendence. It is generally characterized as the control over excess, and expressed through characteristics such as chastitymodestyhumilityself-regulationhospitalitydecorumabstinenceforgiveness and mercy; each of these involves restraining an excess of some impulse, such as sexual desirevanity, or anger.

Wikipedia

 

“Lagom”

 Another word for temperance is moderation – the Swedish word “Lagom”. In Ulrika’s book 2:47 AM – The Journey Home to My Heart she writes (page 78):

Lagom: The word ‘lagom’ actually goes back all the way to the Vikings, where they shared a pint of mead. Everybody was just allowed one sip so it would be enough for everybody. Nothing more, nothing less, just barely enough for everybody. So ‘lagom’ means sort of “around the team” but its meaning comes from lack, from scarcity and not abundance. Like, you cannot drink or ask for too much (of love, food, money, flow, anything). Because that means that others will be without! You are only allowed as much as everybody else, and it is deep in our Swedish imprints in our cells. And most of us are totally unaware of it, unconsciously.

 

 

Holy F*ck and Sacred Water-The Secret Connections to Everything (chapter 36):

“As Swedes, we grew up with programs such as: Be considerate, politically correct, polite, and don’t feel or express too many emotions. Nor should we be too sensitive since this causes discomfort/inconvenience for others. These are our cultural beliefs, our cultural and collective “truths.”

We have been fed with: Hold onto your emotions. Suppress them. Swallow them. Ignore them. Pretend they are not there. Keep busy and occupied. Be active so you don’t have to feel. Numb yourself. Distract yourself. Avoid feelings and emotions. Stick your head in the sand so you don’t get hurt. God forbid that you are too sad, too successful, or too happy. Be appropriate (Lagom in Swedish).

In Sweden we also have an unwritten rule in our cells, in our DNA, called “jantelagen” or “Who do you think you are? You simply cannot allow yourself to be too much of anything. You have to adapt, be like everybody else.”

Fucked up programs

These fucked up programs create fear and scarcity. These control programs were created to prevent us from living in our power and full potential. If we were to live as our full potential, it would not be possible to control us as they do now (restrictions for example such as “corona” read blogpost here)

In other words, as we see it, this virtue is created by the elite as a conscious programs to keep us small and limited – without confidence and trust in ourselves and our power.

 

What are the consequences when we live in fear and lack?

It creates a great deal of inner stress and insecurity. Lack of trust in oneself, in others and also in life. We cannot have too big dreams / visions. We’re never good enough. If we think we are good – then it is not good – then we are selfish, cocky and egoistic. If we think we are not good enough – then it is not good either – then we are perceived as weak, insecure and fragile. We can never win for no matter how we turn  – “the butt is always behind us”  (a Swedish motto freely and joyfully translated  ; )…

This in turn leads to many stress-related diseases here in the western world; such as burnout, depression, worry and anxiety, eating and sleep disorders. The balance of being “Lagom” is also fine – and who really decides what is lagom?

Egoistic and Selfish world

Speaking of temperance / lagom just look at the world today … Those with money and power – the elite – are not very moderate. The elite is also associated with greed. A few owns everything and live in excess luxury – at the expense of others who live on an existential minimum.

A large part of the problem today is merely a distribution problem. There is an abundance for everyone. However, the elite dont want to be moderate. Here, temperance would really be desirable. Read more about this in the blog post about greed

Dödsynden Girighet del 2/ Deadly sin of Greed part 2

 

We also write about this imbalance in the post about gluttony

Asceticism

 In some religions, people live in asceticism (abstinence). That is the polarity of gluttony. The universe strives to create balance. Between gluttony, greed and asceticism – in a strange way – a kind of universal balance is created. It would be a virtue then, so we do not have to be in the two extreme opposite poles.

However, abstinence from life itself is not balanced or desirable either. Maybe it would be good for the elite to have a few millennia in asceticism ;)? Then maybe we should have some kind of universal balance…

Where do you feel temperance is a limitation – due to control, fear or lack – in your life?

When is temperance in balance – a virtue – in your life?

Please, share your reflections and thoughts in the comments below! We look forward hearing your perspective on this topic!

 

Be F*ckin’ MoRE – Become the Master of Reactivated Embodiment. Tora Zophia and Ulrika are transformational life designers and you can find them and their programs at: www.reactivatedembodiment.com

 

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Tora & Ulrika

 

 

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