Too Much of Good is Bad

I mentioned in my previous post that too much resilience becomes wicked resilience. This thought spurred the writing of this post. Can too much of good be bad?

Too much tends to move us out of balance and create adverse concerns. I give a few examples to explain what I mean.

Too much of vitamins create adverse effects and makes reduces our immunity.

Too much screen time isolates us and makes us less sociable.

Exercise is great for our bodies. Too much of it harms our joints, ligaments and causes women to suffer setbacks such as missing periods.

Studies show that dirty hands are the cause of many health problems. However, too much washing of the hands can cause damage to the skin resulting in providing bacteria with great places to flourish.

Eating is a basic need for survival. Not so, with overly eating as this leads to health problems including high blood pressure and cholesterol.

Having too much time is bad. This can lead to complacency and delay of work leaving important tasks until the last minute. Procrastination prevails.

Having choices is great. It is not so with having too many choices. Research reveals this could lead to mental stress and lowered productivity.

Goodness is desirable. Not with too much of it as this spoils us and makes us less prepared to meet challenges.

We all love self-confidence. Beware of too much of it as it makes us unbending and lose interest to try new approaches. It confines us to what we already know.

Trust is the glue to building a healthy relationship. Too much trust makes us unable to verify and ensure that our trust is justified. Overly trusting employees, for example, may result in negligence on their part because we do not verify what they do.

Tolerance is a virtue. Too much, tolerance weakens us and subject to exploitation by others.

Photosynthesis requires light. Too much light has an adverse effect as it dries the leaves disturbs photosynthesis. Too much hurts all living systems.

Life is about balance.

Please share your thoughts and examples.


Ali Anani
Ali Anani
My name is Ali Anani. I hold a Ph.D. from the University of East Anglia (UK, 1972) Since the early nineties I switched my interests to publish posts and presentations and e-books on different social media platforms.

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  1. A great soul despises greatness and prefers moderation to excesses; moderation is useful and vital, excesses harm, precisely because they are superfluous. (Lucio Anneo Seneca).
    Excess is too much of something, like long-standing vices.
    Spending in excess means that your account will be permanently in the red!!
    Even overthinking, the habit that is, of thinking too much and obsessively, without being able to control the flow of thoughts and, above all, without reaching a decision capable of solving the problem that haunts us, becomes negative when it becomes a brooding anxious and we are dissatisfied on the most negative aspects of our situation, or when the course of thoughts gets out of hand, plunging us into total pessimism. The two most common forms of overthinking are brooding over the past and worrying about the future.

    • Aldo, you always capture my mind with your solid comments and this one is.

      I appreciate your added examples. like the one on moderation. Yes, and your explanation is very right.

      I liked “Excess is too much of something, like long-standing vices”.Great description and mademe think.

      I thank you for your great commen.

  2. This reminds me of the push for less is more now. Too many tasks, goals, and intentions reduce Focus. In our world, there are so many opportunities! So many shiny objects and many ‘take them all on!” Now I know to have one goal at a time (even though I can do a dozen) so I am focused and disciplined. And with less is more, we actually achieve with more brilliance, balance and happiness.

    • Multitasking dissipatesourfocus indeed, Leslie. Thank you for the reminder less is more. I wrote a presentation with many examples of less is more. Two examples are the less control, the more creative we become and the more we know the less we know.

  3. I read somewhere that at the Temple of Delphi in ancient Greece, seat of the famous oracle, there were but two commandments carved in stone on the pillar-stiles of the entry. The first said “Nothing to Excess!”
    It seems a recognition of your point, Ali, a little may be good, more isn’t always better.
    Somewhere else I read that the Aztecs shared tomatoes and chocolate with the conquistadores, because they believed the warriors to be creatures of excess and they believed that both tomatoes and chocolate were good in small amounts, but poison when taken to excess.
    Wicked resilience? I imagine an entrepreneur so willing to “pivot” when things aren’t going well, that he never sticks with anything long enough to succeed. Tragic, but solveable. The second commandment of Delphi: “Know Thyself!”

    • You never and shall never stop thrilingl me with your excellent comments and examples brother Alan Culler. Your two examples are wonderful.

      Wicked resilience is reported in literature as I discussed and referrenced on my previous post on BIZCATALYST 360°. Your explanation addsnew value. You areright as with extra hope things fail.

      Outstanding comment, dear Alan.