Food for Thought

Do you have an opinion? About what? Are you passionate about something/anything? – (definition of passion below). What is it? Does it have an effect on your life, or your/our future in either a positive or negative way? If it does, what have you done about it? Are you going to do something about it? Do you care, or are you apathetic about it? – (definition of apathy below) Are you someone who thinks that “someone” (or “they”) should do something about it? Are you not possibly that “someone”?

In the real world, do you care about the threat of ISIS to the world? Do your care about the rollercoaster ride of extinctions of the animal kingdom? Do you care about global warming and what we are not trying to do anything about (can we?)? Do you care about overpopulation of the planet, and the misery it brings? Do you care about fighting crime and whether crime should actually be allowed? Do you care about the uncertain future that we are giving to our children and grandchildren? Does it matter?

As you can see I am passionate about asking about your passions and whether you are sitting on a fence. If you do sit on the fence, eventually you will fall off, so choose as soon as possible which side you will fall onto. Please have an opinion about everything that affects you. I don’t care what that opinion may be, so long as you have it and are not scared to give it when asked to. Forget about perhaps hurting someone’s feelings when important issues are at stake. Talk the truth.

I offer the following quotes in support of my questions:

  1. Whatever you do may seem insignificant to you, but it is important that you do it – Mahatma Gandhi
  2. The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing – J F Kennedy
  3. When bad men combine, the good must associate: else they will fall one by one – Edmund Burke

Passion (from a Greek verb meaning to suffer) is a very strong feeling about a person or thing. Passion is an intense emotion, a compelling enthusiasm or desire for something. Passion may be a friendly or eager interest in or admiration for a cause, discovery, or activity – a feeling of unusual excitement, enthusiasm or compelling emotion, a positive or negative affinity, towards a subject. The guiding principles of passion can be broken down into four major categories:

  1. Pleasures and pains of the senses
  2. Pleasures of the mind or of the imagination
  3. Our perfection or our imperfection of virtues or vices
  4. Pleasures and pains in the happiness or misfortunes of others

Apathy is a lack of feeling, emotion, interest, and concern. Apathy is a state of indifference, or the suppression of emotions such as concern, excitement, motivation and/or passion. An apathetic individual has an absence of interest in or concern about emotional, social, spiritual, philosophical and/or physical life and the world.

 

These are Ivan’s musings, please feel free to share your opinions with me – you won’t hurt my feelings.

 

You can reply or comment back on the blog page by hi-lighting and clicking the little blue “comments” just below the heading. Feedback or views will be appreciated.

 

Ivan

 

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2 comments on “Food for Thought
  1. Ivan Scott says:

    Hello Joyce
    Stay passionate about what you believe.
    Ivan

  2. joyce dennison says:

    I have many passionate beliefs, and i guess i am ‘old-school’! I enjoy discussing those beliefs. Defending one’s point of view or experiencing the dissonance of those beliefs being challenged brings change….and lots of good processing/thinking. And so i would love to see a venue for the blog in person- A lively discussion among people who read and love ideas, hence are passionate about those beliefs. I love feedback in immediate form and watching body language while people are talking…. Typing on a blog page leaves me in a state of anomie – sending points of view and ideas into cyberspace is not as stimulating as a good discussion over a cuppa. We change and think, therefore? we are alive! Je pense donc je suis~ The publications that i participated in 10 or 20 or 30 years ago are not the articles/books that i would publish now!

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