The Passion Of Learning


The Passion Of Learning

What do I mean by the passion of learning? Unfortunately, many things. The concept stems from the idea that with the more one learns, the more one is held accountable for his/her actions. No longer can one hide behind the veil of ignorance, safe and comfortable. The weight of responsibility grows heavier each day. Though I have talked about this before, I wanted to look at it through another perspective. Here I want to talk about it in terms of passion.

What does passion have to do with this philosophical dilemma? To me, a lot. Here one is faced with a twisted, addiction for knowledge, growth, and self understanding. However, the more one uncovers, the more one gets buried in it. One cannot help but want to expand their mind and soul, the more you do, the deeper you fall into its captivate fantasy. One is presented with the illusion of greatness by defying human limitations. Our experience pushing the bounds of self and reality; constantly reinventing identity and thus life.

One has a deep desire to learn, to better oneself because, after all, “if you’re not growing, you’re dying.” However, you are but a man, a mere mortal. The more you learn, the more you grow, the smaller you become. You begin to accept your insignificance on a universal level. However, madly attempting to further grow in futile hopes in challenging that. The more you know, the more you suffer because of it.

The Addiction

Oh, the passion! As if this were some drug of the gods, a forbidden fruit, that once you taste it, everything changes. You are then poised with the question, “would ignorance have been bliss?” Would you have rather tasted and suffered than have never tasted at all? The more you know, the more you are held accountable and the more you suffer because of it. Yet you’d never change it for the world because frankly it is the world. This addiction slowly kills you yet it’s what gets you up in the morning so that you can once again attempt to defy this law, somehow gaining sick pleasure from constant defeat. You masochist… In an act of submission, a display of vulnerability, you continuously discover your insignificance. Oh, how small am I! I give praise to you by learning of you, defying you, understanding you, and shrink because of it. What a twisted game we play…

How Bold We Are

Lady Gaga recently said, “As artists, we are eternally heartbroken.” I love that quote and I believe it to apply here. For those who know, have a duty. We have a responsibility to our ability and with that comes this passion. We do it for the pleasure, yet we do it because it tortures us. It simultaneously kills us yet brings us back from the edge of darkness. This knowledge illuminates our conscience. It is through our continuous exploration that we attempt to understand ourselves and our place in this infinite world. As William Butler Yeats poetically said, “It takes more courage to examine the dark corners of your own soul than it does for a soldier to fight on a battlefield.”

On the flip side, many believe, as I often do, that it is the artists’ duty to disorient the masses. However, should we be so powerful, so godly to thrust this passion, this suffering on to others? Are we waking them up to a world of darkness through this sick game we play? Are we thrusting life into their soulless bodies, filling their minds with torturing possibilities? Oh how bold we are! How passion slowly kills.

-Dan

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About Dan Fonseca

Dan is currently the Content Creation Specialist at FirstGiving and thinks that’s pretty darn cool. He believes in the experiential learning process, understands the importance of making mistakes, transparency, and that beauty can come from vulnerability.

6 responses to “The Passion Of Learning”

  1. gerrydir says :

    Excellent blog. I am always banging on to staff and project teams about passion and it saddens me when I see people who started out passionate and over time loose that drive and passion. Trying to keep passion alive is one of my fundamental challenges

    • Dan Fonseca says :

      Thank you! Yeah, passion is a vital thing in my opinion. It’s a great driver and forces you to constantly learn, adapt, and grow. I too wish the workforce had a little more passion. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. vikingpet says :

    I must say I am amazed you kept this so breif!

    • Dan Fonseca says :

      Ha! Thank you. I am sure that one could write volumes on it. It was a hybrid of post and poem, something a little different for a change. Thanks for stopping by :)

  3. sofyagladysheva says :

    The more you see the less you know. It’s quite daunting. No wonder most of the geniuses in the world end up killing themselves…hence Van Gogh. He’s one of my favorite painters by the way. Except Vladimir Kush, which is my latest obsession. Def check him out. Recently some are claiming Van Gogh didn’t actually commit suicide.. I’m skeptical. Thoughts? –> http://newsfeed.time.com/2011/10/17/new-book-claims-vincent-van-gogh-didnt-commit-suicide/

    Kush: http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/1Yix6p/www.cuded.com/2011/10/paintings-by-vladimir-kush/

    -Sofie
    @SofieGladysheva

    http://g00dl00ks.wordpress.com/

    • Dan Fonseca says :

      I really enjoy Kush too. Yeah I saw that about Van Gogh. Either way, people understand him in that character for the time being. It is a pretty interesting situation to be in especially in an artistic mentality. Thanks for stopping by Sofie!

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