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By Eric Metaxas




Temperance is one of the four cardinal virtues, which the ancients saw as character qualities necessary for people to live a truly good life.

 We’re covering the virtues with our daily BreakPoint commentaries, including this one. Why? Well, because the ancients were right – the virtues are essential, they’re not optional extras. Yet the virtues not only help us as individuals; they provide a solid foundation for a healthy society. Given the present crisis facing the West – which is moral as much as it is financial – we desperately need to reacquaint ourselves with the virtues – including temperance. But it would help to know what temperance is in the first place – and, incredibly, we don’t!


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