Thursday, March 15, 2007


Thinking about passion tonight; how it’s necessary for life. How it can blind us, bring us pain, or ecstatic joy. And the different meanings of "passion:"

~Intense or overpowering emotion such as love, joy, hatred, or anger.
~Feelings of strong sexual desire.
~Any object of warm affection or devotion.
~Strong, enthusiastic devotion to a cause, ideal, or goal and tireless diligence in its furtherance; boundless enthusiasm.
~Fervor, fire, zeal, ardor.

A religious definition: The suffering of Jesus Christ, especially the agony in Gethsemane and on the cross.

And an aesthetic correlation: "Passion" is a musical, first staged on Broadway in 1994, adapted from Ettore Scola's film "Passione d'Amore" (which was, in its turn, based on Igino Tarchetti's novel, "Fosca").

That leaves us with our personal definitions, our longings, our hopes-to-be, and, for some of us, more questions…

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Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion.
--Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.
--Carl Buechner

He only employs his passion who can make no use of his reason.
--Macus Cicero

Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you've got to say, and say it hot.
--D.H. Lawrence

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