Monday, February 20, 2006

Passion

Hannah was talking about Passion in youth yesterday and it got me thinking. How does passion develop? Can it be pursued? Isn't passion, by definition, emotional? If so, then can you do anything to make it happen?

2 Comments:

At 9:22 AM, Blogger Than the Man said...

I have always thought that passion begins with some element of truth that is apprehended mentally. That truth or reality then stirs the heart and emotions, which ultimately produces action. Passion that is not grounded in truth is crass emotionalism; truth without some kind of emotional response is mere intellectualism. I am convinced that if we espouse to some truth, but our emotional response (or passion) to that truth is minimal or non-existence, then we have not truly apprehended or embraced that truth...

 
At 4:11 PM, Blogger Mellifluous said...

I liked your definition, Than. Somewhere between emotionalism and intellectualism is the right balance--truth and emotion. But I wouldn't say having a balance is necessarily passion. Passion, at least colloquially, seems to imply more than mere emotion...an overwhelming, crazy, exuberant feeling. So, where does that exuberance come from? Especially in a more mild mannered personality.

 

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