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Philosophy, ethics, balance.  ---  .Introduction or summary.  (1) This section is about balance defined as how to achieve a positive medium between negative extremes.  (2) This section is also about balance defined as doing a certain amount of many different yet important things, rather than spending all your time and energy doing one thing.  (See also: Philosophy, specialization and generalization) (See also: Psychology, pathological, specific, addiction and obsession)  ---  11/13/2005

Philosophy, ethics, balance.  ---  .This section is about the concept of balance in ethics.  ---  1/24/2006

Philosophy, ethics, balance.  ---  (1) Bad problems: Too much vs. too little.  Excess vs. lack.  (2) Good traits: moderation and variety.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, ethics, balance.  ---  (1) Excess: addiction, for escape.  (2) Lack: ignoring.  (3) Moderation.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, ethics, balance.  ---  Balance and perspective.  Balance:  Keep a sense of proportion.  Keep a sense of perspective.  Priorities change with viewpoint.  ---  12/30/1995

Philosophy, ethics, balance.  ---  Balance issues.  The following must be balanced against each other.  (1) Reason vs. emotion.  (2) Thought (mental) vs. action (physical).  (3) Oneself vs. other people (friends, etc.).  (4) Individual vs. society.  (5) Humans vs. nature.  (6) Work vs. leisure.  ---  4/28/2001

Philosophy, ethics, balance.  ---  Balance of activities.  Balance of learning subject areas.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, ethics, balance.  ---  Balance problems.  (1) Inclusion vs. exclusion: what things to do and not.  (2) Proportions: amounts and ratios.  (3) Gaps.  Not doing something at all.  Not doing something enough.  (4) Overkill.  Doing something too much.  Addiction as a form of avoidance and escape.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, ethics, balance.  ---  Balance.  (1) Mix.  Which resources to apply to which goals.  (2) Balance of effort.  (3) Balance of time.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, ethics, balance.  ---  Balance.  Great intellectual effort must be balanced with great emotional passion.  ---  03/30/1993

Philosophy, ethics, balance.  ---  Balance.  Reading and writing was important, but I did it too much, at the expense of my career, social life, and love life development.  You have to do them all, much and well.  ---  12/30/1996

Philosophy, ethics, balance.  ---  Finding the right mix (things, amounts and why).  Too little is bad.  Too much is bad.  Mistakes: wrong things, and wrong amounts.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, ethics, balance.  ---  Is there a time and a place for everything?  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, ethics, balance.  ---  Three problems.  (1) Priority: what is more important than what?  (2) Precedence: what comes before what in time?  (3) Timing: when do what?  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, ethics, balance.  ---  Two problems.  (1) Getting the balance or mix wrong.  (2) Getting the order or priorities wrong.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, ethics, balance.  ---  Two senses of the term "balance".  (1) Balance in the sense of moderation between extremes of any single trait.  (2) Balance in the sense of being knowledgeable and ethical in all areas of life.  If you are knowledgeable and good in some areas but not others, eventually you will make a mistake and foul up.  This is why the specialization/generalization debate is important.  ---  12/2/2001

Philosophy, ethics, balance.  ---  Types of balance.  (1) Balance in terms of having knowledge of everything, the entire world.  (2) Balance in terms of having all areas of your live (ex. job, mate, physical, psychological, etc.) working well.  (3) Balance in terms of developing all of your mind, and making use of all of your mental abilities (memory, emotion, thinking, etc.).  ---  12/2/2001

Philosophy, ethics, balance.  ---  What to include in the mix?  What proportion or balance of each ingredient?  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, ethics, balance.  ---  What you got and how you spend it.  Resource allotment: time, materials, energy, money.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, ethics, balance.  ---  You do not want to under-emphasize nor over-emphasize a thing.  You do not want to give something too much nor too little time, energy, attention, etc.  You want to give everything its due.  You want to keep things in perspective.  ---  7/15/2006

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