Fr. Shane thinks I should post more
so here's a juicy tidbit from Vladimir Solovyov, concerning the failure of "moderation in all things" as a moral guide:
Why should I renounce the "inscrutable delight" [of pleasures] for the sake of dull well-being? Passions lead to destruction, but prudence does not save from destruction. No one by means of prudent behaviour alone has ever conquered death.
It is only in the presence of something higher that the voice of passions may prove to be wrong. It is silenced by the thunder of heaven, but the tame speeches of good sense are powerless to drown it.
The point is, I think, that moderation in all things still leaves one ultimately as dead as a doornail. So why not screw around? Enlightened self-interest is still futile. Only God saves.