The Buddha regarded his approach to the problem of living this life as that of tuning the Sitar of a string instrument, wind the strings too tight and it will snap, too loosely it does not make the proper sound. Extremism has become an illness that has been plaguing our human society for ages and it has cost untold miseries all over the world in the forms of domination and wars. It manifests in the form of greed, cravings, clinging on to and the inability to be satisfied.It is indeed as told by the Buddha, is one of the cause of human suffering.
The Tao Te Ching says;
In neither going too far to the left nor too far to the right we walk the Middle path and like water simply flow along seeking the path of least resistance to move forward. As water is one of the most pervasive element in the universe, it will penetrate its way through any resistance in time as so can man. Water will stand still only when meeting a formidable resistance like a dam, however over time even a dam breaks through.
According to the Taoists, ‘The Way” is found in balance, in knowing what is enoughlearning to say “enough” is achieved through an ‘intuitive observation of oneself and the universe’. - From Juliet Bennet's Blog.
“If a son of Adam had a valley full of gold, he would desire to have two. Nothing can fill his mouth except the dust (of his grave). Allah turns with mercy to him who turns to Him in repentance.” - Messenger of Allah (SAW) sayings [al-Bukhari (6437) and Muslim (1049)]