Buddha may or may not have coined the phrase ‘Middle Way’ but it sure has come to be associated with Buddhism. I like the idea because it means that there is room for negotiation. A little of this, some of that, maybe some of the other stuff too. Just how much nicer is the Middle Way compared to ‘My Way Or The Highway!’
Fanatics are not really very nice. They are willing to do anything to get their point across. Lie, cheat, burn a witch, blow up Buddhist shrines, self-immolate, butcher a Jew… well you get the idea.
Never ever not even once should you trust a fanatic! They will do you or yours the moment yours or you get between them and the particular Holy Grail they idolize.