Temperance (by others)
Temperance denotes balance and harmony. The forces behind Temperance are those that keep us from succumbing to temptation or over-indulgence. They steer us away from developing unhealthy addictions or behaviors. The Temperate Spirit avoids extremes, spreads harmony and brings opposing sides together. They find a happy, healthy median between what they want and what they need. Temperance provides an environment in which most will thrive, and a haven where the injured may heal.
Temperance (to me)
Temperance denotes a balance in balance itself. Not as complicated as it may seem, it merely means knowing via a combination of knowledge/experiences/feelings of the correct equilibrium to make things balanced. Temperance is the lessons we learn that tell us what our limits are, or even to a lesser extent important questions in life such as the flavor of ice cream which we like best. While temperance in itself brings about goodness, yet we often look at it with slanted eyes & suspicion as temperance often comes together with conflict or the bells of war.
Are the lessons we learn in life, necessities which shape us for the better – or merely misfortunes that we must face?