“Passion”, a word that is hard to be examined by someone in a process of complete and complex analysis. But is it a passion or a vice? The reason?
There is no complete synonym, a perfect definition or a common classification accepted by the whole scientific community.
During the passage of time, hobbies and passions visibly changed, proportional to many factors. A few of those include the economical development, emergence of technology and, implicitly, the change of human mentality. Therefore, whereas in the past people used to hunt, paint the walls of caves or carve stone, the society of today is different. These habits either disappeared completely or partially. Or, they may be “alive” only in movies, documentaries or museums. Equally, they may have evolved and today have taken a new form and role becoming contemporary passions.
It’s important, however, to go back a little in history and interpret or at least take a closer look at the habits of people back then. Only then we will be able to successfully formulate a definition that is closer to the truth and more complete. We need to go back to the origin. Of course, a definition stipulated and sweetened using neologisms that replace the ones in the fundamental vocabulary, the one that is primordial, rudimentary. Actually, this is passion itself.
A center of common interest perceived differently in terms of possibilities, instruments and… people.
And so, what was in the past considered a simple necessity to survive, today can be perceived as a way of letting off steam. A form of visual delight, as well as an audible, tactile, olfactory or intellectual delight of the public. For example, people practiced stone carving to obtain stone tools that served agriculture and hunting. Later, however, it became a form of art, greatly appreciated and through which a lot of artists became symbolical. They got consecrated (like Michelangelo). The same thing can be said about animal leather tanning that has started to be showcased on fashion podiums and stages becoming novelty forms.
Therefore, simple examples can shape the more or less deformed outline of the definition of passion. It became an action that you “separate” at least partly from the exclusively material interests, something to fill up your free time with. Something to make you forget about the passing of time, to make you forget about tiredness. That thing to which you dedicate according to possibility, but that dedicates to you completely once you “engulf” it. There is no standard list of possible passions, and that’s why they can be grouped generally in various domains. There are lots of them, but some that we can mention include art with all its branches, science, technics, etc.
Even so, there is a rather subjective classification of passions.
There are those practiced exclusively during free time, those that align with the chosen line of work, those that perfectly overlap with anyone’s profession, or the so-called WISHES. Wishes are passions that we don’t practice, either because we haven’t outlined them enough in our minds, or because they didn’t yet manage to rise through the soil of rationality. The roots of rationality take their roots captive and irrigate them with arguments and counterarguments, memories, hypothetical situations and questions. Rationality exemplifies with too much plasticity. At some point, no matter what everyone’s passion is, a lot of inevitable (and slightly rhetorical) questions arise: “What if I won’t reach the ideal regarding my passion?”, “What if I’ll disappoint through some work or action or solution that I currently present or do?.
“Is it wrong if I prefer different things than other people around me?”
“What they are doing can be classified as a simple method of relaxation or can it be called passion?” These questions disappear, however, once we get to know ourselves better and our preferred activity, and, maybe, we obtain a “victory”. Either one stunning victory or multiple victories that reconfirm our hobby’s existence.
Confirmation can occur also by looking closely at the activity that we do. By observing the degree of implication in the respective activity. We need to observe if we implicate ourselves with body and soul and if we project ourselves in the near or far future regarding this activity in a certain measure… Then, we can declare if what we’re doing is a passion. “Are vices passions, then?” could be the next question of someone who read up until this point… Well, “vice” is an interpretable notion by itself. What some consider vice, others can label as a simple “straying”. One can consider it a quality or flaw, a triviality or even a… virtue.
Why do we need passions? Because they can be a point of (re)start in life after failure, deception, disappointment.
When everything around you seems to have fallen apart… In short, the reason why you wake up enthusiastically each morning after you fell asleep ecstatically the former night. Because you realize that you don’t need to be good at everything but rather to focus on the domain that makes you passionate and that makes you feel at peace with yourself…
So… Passion or Vice? What are you choosing? And, if you’re still not satisfied and want to read more about this, check this article!
Author: Zahari Alexandra