Life and living can be understood through making an omelette, and the essence of homeostasis.
There’s a saying that goes something like, “You can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs“. In everything that we do, whatever decisions we make (and choices we don’t), we have to make sacrifices of some sort, and there are people who are negatively affected in some way. It is true we can’t make everyone happy. For various reasons, be it biological disposition, or environmental influences, or our non-conscious mimicry of people we seek to be affiliated with, we won’t be able to please everyone. Whatever we consciously choose to do (or not do), something else has to give.
When we express our opinions on social issues, we take a stand, which has its supporters and opposers. When we engage in acts that are rewarding and pleasurable which we also perceive as immoral, we undermine our self-worth and self-esteem; although this undermining doesn’t reach our conscious awareness while we’re experiencing that act. If we want to get better at something, we read, research, educate ourselves, practice; we spend time.
Living, is about upsetting those people and making those sacrifices that we can live with. “You can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs.”
Homeostasis, can be understood as a state of equilibrium. Most things, if not, all things, always return to a state of equilibrium. Balance is peace, and peace is balance. Eat delicious food! But not till it makes you bloated and turns your stomach queasy. Drink! But not till you’re intoxicated or throw up. Make as much money as you can! But just enough to lead a contented life.
“Everything in moderation” is understated. Consciously choosing not to do or have too much or too little of something, could just make our lives that much happier.