moderation. kesederhanaan. wasatiyyah. call it as you like. the idea or the concept behind it is stil the same. and what's best about it is that it's practically applicable to almost each and every aspect of our lives. lately we are brought upon this idea of equality as the way of moving forward as a modern, better, thriving and self sustaining society. in certain ways it holds truth, and in most ways it doesn't. let me explain this.
there's a saying that, if you were to judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life thinking he's an idiot. what the person trying to say there is that no one is similar in any way, as each of us is unique in our own ways. some may not excel in certain fields, but they might be good in something else. there's a lot of example in this so i wont be listing any so to speak. here's where moderation comes into place.
sure one may say why settle for less if you can get more? good point. but as famously said by Isaac Newton, the third law states that for every action, there's a reaction. for each and everything that we do, it will send ripples and somehow will leave its mark into its surroundings. i'll use simple physics as an example here. Brownian motion of particles. particles will move in random directions as they wish. but by doing so, they will come across other particles, and they will bump and collide into each other. that in turn will affect the other particles in the way they move. and so does our actions in our daily lives. to act purely on our own without any regard towards other people is not only selfish, it might be harmful as well. hence the need to think, and then carry it out moderately. of course the main aim is still to achieve the very best that we can, but at the same time we have to consider what our actions may lead to.
actually i dont think I'm making too much sense here since i am not so coherent in what I'm trying to say but if i managed to tap your brain and make it ponder for a while, trying to make sense of what I'm taking about, then I'd consider my job here is done. :)
assalamualaikum and take care.