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Temperance. What is it? What personality traits are associated with it? What is it's opposite? What traits are associated with people who lack it? Temperance. 1. The state or quality of being temperate; habitual moderation 2. The principle or practice of total abstinence from intoxicants. Temperate. 1. Observing moderation in the indulgence of appetite, especially the use of intoxicating liquors 2. Characterized by moderation or the absence of extremes; not excessive 3. Calm; restrained; self-controlled. F & W Dictionary What is involved in temperance? Is it not the practice of self-restraint, self-denial, self-control, self-discipline? Are not these the things that the temperate person is exercising? What are the personality traits that tend to characterize the temperate person? Let us look in Roget's International Thesaurus under the heading of Temperance: Temperance. moderation, sobriety, frugality, forbearance, abnegation; renunciation, renouncement, denial, self-denial; restraint, self-restraint; self-control, self-discipline. What is the opposite of temperance? Intemperance. What things go with intemperance? What things tend to characterize the intemperate personality pattern? Intemperance. Self-indulgence, immoderation, prodigality, excess, extravagance, crapulence, incontinence, gluttony, drunkenness, dissipation, licentiousness, debauchery. Roget's International Thesaurus Self-denial. Self-denial as opposed to self-indulgence. A basic outlook and habit of mind. The habitual practice of self-denial. Isn't that the underlying key to temperence? Isn't that what separates the temperate from the intemperate? Self-denial is a philosophy towards life. It is a philosophy of asceticism, at least a measure of asceticism, in regard to living life. We train ourselves in austerity. We train and exercise in the ways of austerity much as the ancient Greeks trained and exercised to keep their bodies in condition for battle. They slept on hard boards, deprived themselves of luxury, lived austerely, practiced self-discipline as a philosophy of life. Feb 1993 More from SolitaryRoad.com:
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