Aristotle’s Golden Mean 

Aristotle was one of the first philosophers to posit that man desires happiness first and foremost. His answer to this drive for happiness was the golden mean.  

The golden mean sits between the two extremes – excess and deficiency. He believed that moderation between two extremes of behavior would produce happiness. This is somewhat in agreement with Taoism, where happiness is derived through inaction, and lack of motivation to achieve anything in particular.

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