Misused and abused.
Emasculated by a feel-good culture of moral relativism. Routinely prostituted by personal development gurus.
Passion today is understood as what excites you. What puts the sparkle in your eyes, the twinkle in your toes.
Internet definitions include:
- Strong and barely controllable emotion
- A state or outburst of such emotion
- Intense sexual love
- An intense desire or enthusiasm for something
- A thing arousing enthusiasm
The word has become candy for frivolous children when, at its roots, it is meat for dedicated adults.
Coined by 12th century religious scholars, “passion” means to suffer. In fact, the word was created to describe the “willing suffering of Christ.”
In his excellent book, Aspire, Kevin Hall describes a meeting he had with Arthur, a retired 40-year Stanford linguistics professor, who taught him the meaning of passion…