Passion

What drives us to do something? We see people who spend a lot of money for procuring things. Some collect old cars, others collect vintage aircraft. Others collect washing machines or sewing machines, toasters or toys or many other different things. And then, the owners spend a lot of time keeping the pieces of their collections in top shape.

The question soon becomes, “Why?” We have to think about the time and money involved and then try to understand why people would spend so much on relative wrecks from yesteryears. The truth of the matter is there is only one reason to do so. Passion!

Some people have a passion for giving back to others, whether it’s scouts or a civic group, or some other organization. Some people have a desire for a time in history or time in their life. And some people have a love for the machines of bygone eras which helped to move us forward. No matter what the thought or reason is, one thing is for sure, it is our passion for something which often drives us forward into action.

Passion held in control is a positive motivator. It can help teach and inspire others or preserve cultural history. It can save older thoughts and ideas that may not be as prevalent today. It helps to give our society diversity of what has come before.

Passion, though, must be kept in check. Passion run amuck can also be debilitating or disastrous to new ideas, and new ways of thinking. New groups with passion towards old hatreds, defeated warriors, or living with the values of archaic societies could have passions that might lead to potentially harmful interaction with today’s norms.

As we enjoy the thrill of seeing our passions come to life, we must always check and ensure not to protrude onto today’s norms of society, nor upon the rights of other individuals. The nice thing is that as we grow and evolve, we are always finding new and better ways to explore both the recent past and the old.

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.