NINE YEARS LONG SERVICE MEDAL AWARDED BY INDIAN ARMY SYMBOLIZES GOOD CONDUCT AND TEMPERANCE :
John Milton in his greatest poetic achievement of ‘PARADISE LOST’ has claimed that man can live for many, many long years and death could be like the gentle act of gathering a ripe fruit when it is fully mature only if man diligently observes the rule of ‘Nothing Too Much’. In matters pertaining to food and drinks, sex, money, and power associated with social status or position, each man has to set his own personal limits. Man has to apply restraint, and use reason while seeking satisfaction of his desires. Excessive passion or desire for material wealth is described as avarice or greed. Excessive sexual passion is called lust. Excessive indulgence in food and drink is known as gluttony. Man experiences contentment if his desires are satisfied. But, it is not easy to measure or quantify contentment. If there is no contentment, man gets depressed, or remains anxious because of a sense of dissatisfaction. Temperance is a quality that gives man the ability to use moderation in his thoughts and actions. Each man must establish reasonable limits on individual desires and passions and live according to the Law of Temperance.
Dr. R. Rudra Narasimham, B.Sc., M.B.B.S.,
Kurnool Medical College, Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, India,
M.B.B.S. Class of April, 1970.