Whenever I hear the word temper, I think of two things: Road rage and moderation. It’s the same with the word sobriety. I think of a drunk working hard not to drink and moderation. And by moderation in both cases I mean self-control.
Or do I mean observation, as in to moderate or be reasonable? Of course I do. Interesting that the word and idea of temperance comes up with both words as well.
These ideas, or goals, as I call them, are like salt: you shouldn’t – some would say can’t – cook without them. Wars have been fought over salt; Roman soldiers were paid in salt. Hence the word, salary, which comes from the Latin salarium, meaning salt money.
Wars have also been fought and lost due to someone’s temper and averted due to another’s sobriety.