plato, aristotle, thomas aquinas, machiavelli
The golden mean is the desierable middle between ythe two extremes of excess and deficiency. This concept is common throughout a large part of Greek history and also in CHinese history. Aristotle, Socrates and Plato all talked about this theory.
The first representation of this idea is in the mythological Cretan tale of Daedalus and Icarus. Daedalus built feathered wings for himself and his son so that they might escape the clutches of King Minos. Daedalus warns his son to “fly the middle course”, between the sea spray and the sun’s heat. Icarus did not heed his father; he flew up and up until the sun melted the wax off his wings.
inscription of “Nothing in Excess” at the temple of Delphi, and in the ideas of Greek philosophers such as Socrates and Plato; the Golden Mean was an attribute of beauty.
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