Adonis Diaries

What are your strongest Passions? Part One

Posted on: May 23, 2010

There are passions and passions: There are induced passions, cultured passions, strong individual passions… There are the “power to be” kinds of strong passions, and there are abstract passions that ideologies, religions, and customs would like you to incarnate for a homogeneous community stability.  All those institutions want to select for you the kinds of passions that are appropriate to your well being and development.

Our individual strong passions might change with age, lack of opportunities, energy deficiencies, and unplanned decisions.  Our strong passions that are the trademark of our successes and passion for life might be buried under less powerful passions, to satisfy our need to fitting within a community.  Most probably, periods of depressions, feeling of failure, and a life wasted could be the consequences of unhealthy behaviors of supposedly tamed strong passions that we failed taking full advantage of their beneficial potency.

Individual strong passions  do not ask why they exist, you don’t need to answer why; otherwise, it is not in the category of strong passions.  Passion asks how and what; it is  NOT a general notion but a very specific want.  It is not “I want to make plenty of money” but how I want to generate plenty of money.  It is not “I want a villa” but what kind of a villa, the design of particular rooms, kitchen, or garden.  It is not “I want a car” but details of your dream car.  It is not “I want to buy things” but exactly the product that you dreamed to own.

A strong passion is feasible but hardly attainable:  there are particular details that always have to be taken care of, to be redesigned, to be changed.  It is not “I want to be an architect” but what I want to be looking at that is different in this world, which is compatible with my outlook.

An individual strong passion is NOT an abstract concept of equality, freedom, or justice; it is my individual concept and detailed program to bring about those concepts.  It is not “I want to get married” but the special wedding dress I have in mind, the special ceremony I want to organize.  It is not “I want to have kids” but the special method for upbringing.  A strong passion is hard work that constantly re-designs the minute details that strongly fit my passion of the moment.

I believe that personal reflection is the best alternative for discovering a set of values (most compatible with our strongest passions) to guide our behavior.  However, there are many obstacles for any individual to access his own “ideology” of life.

First, the school system, family upbringing, community customs and traditions are as many diverse implicit ideologies that an individual has to comprehend and sort out.

Second, it presupposes that an individual has reached enough maturity to believe that his reflections can affect the course of events.  Third, it presupposes that the governing institutional systems care about individual opinions and demands, and are ready to examine them seriously.

Fourth, it presupposes that the individual has enough will, energy, education, and perseverance to discover his own set of values and ideological system.

In many moments in life we asked “what is the meaning and purpose in life?”   How about we start from the obvious?  We are a bunch of jumbled passions that drive our life and we ache to re-order our passions and discover the strongest passions that mean most to us.

We want to be discriminated as an individual, not on physical traits but as thinking reflecting persons that have distinct set of passions that we managed to prioritize; we finally think that we know who we are and what drove our life. We want to be at peace with our soul and spirit.

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