Nothing too much, not even righteousness

From FL Lucas’ book aptly titled Tragedy

There, face to face, stand arrayed the opposite ideals – Apollo and Dionysus, the god of Dorian discipline and the god of the license of the wild. Yet both are Greek both lay claim to wisdom: and instead of burning the votaries of Dionysus at the stake, when we came storming on a wave of enthusiasm from the fastnesses of Thrace, the priests of Apollo gave his untamed younger brother, the son likewise of Zeus, a share in Apollo’s temple beneath the twin crags of Delphi. That reconciliation is typical of Greek balance , clarity and good sense – “nothing too much,” not even righteousness. (p. 50)

That last line is perfect. Nothing too much, not even righteousness.

First published Apr 4, 2011