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The Swedes have it (lagom).  I know that it's a folk aphorism against the American Amish "All things in moderation." and the belief that one should be "plain" in the sense that they do not seek to distinguish themselves from others based upon their material possessions.

i was exposed to various similar concepts while growing up, (in the uk) such as:

discretion is a mark of nobility.

to be modest and self-effacing is the mark of a gentleman.

flamboyance is vulgar.

etc.

i think it was known as 'having class' (whatever your provenance), 'being tasteful', 'appropriate', whatever.

taken all the way, this could be dull, but still perhaps better than the flagrant ostentation we see flashed before our eyes daily!

a little dull is ok, if it means we can keep our habitat habitable...


'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sat Oct 20th, 2007 at 06:42:56 PM EST
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