Speaking about passion in life the great Italian film director Federico Fellini said, “There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the passion of life.” Benjamin Franklin, an American statesman and international ladies’ man in his day suggested, “If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins.” Western culture both celebrates passion and in with condemns it by way of our Old World Protestant Calvinism. The Calvinists doctrine, still a deep part of American thinking in particular believes that pleasure as such, gained by the pursuit of our passions, is wrong because we’re mean to live lives of quiet suffering. Part of our penance for being born in sin. The thinking invoked in a little stifling of the human spirit. That said pursuing one’s passions might be best approached in a Franklinesque manner. Passion can be blinding to consequences, The Downside of Following Passion
The term passion in common usage can describe a variety of experiences. Consider a school teacher who might feel more alive when he’s practicing watercolors than when he’s inside the classroom. That kind of passion is markedly different from that of an artist like van Gogh, who forswore all semblance of a normal life so he could hone his life’s craft. But social psychology didn’t begin measuring an individual’s relationship to the things he loves to do until Robert J. Vallerand, a professor at the University of Quebec, first proposed the Dualistic Model of Passion in 2003.
…Those with harmonious passion really love something, but ultimately can leave it, since it’s a “significant but not overwhelming part of their identity.” Harmonious passion doesn’t interfere with other aspects of life, like relationships or education. In contrast, obsessive passion resides in individuals who derive their self-esteem and identity primarily from their performance during the activity itself. Internalizing the activity exacts many costs. A lousy day on the basketball court threatens to undermine an obsessively passionate player’s entire identity.
[ ]…”We showed that [the obsessively passionate] are so predisposed to feel insecure that even subliminal presentation of failure threw them off and made them respond to it. It’s an overlearned reaction to failure.”
Not all public figures – the late Neil Armstrong for example of are obsessively passionate even though they obviously have a great passion for what they do. Though we are also blessed with public figures whose success or achievements are questionable. Many of them started off life with a huge head start or stumbled along and were struck with tremendous luck. Yet any challenge to their version of events does go encourage them to more self reflection, and the resulting increase in humility. On the contrary, they , and those who have passionately invested their own egos in them, cling even tighter to some grand Horatio Alger-John Galt version of their lives.
western sky and hills wallpaper. i may have posted another version of this, but after six years i think i’m allowed an occasional repeat.
Anatomy is a subcategory of the science of biology. In anatomy men have a body part called a penis. It is called a penis because it is not your stomach or your ear. Those are other body parts. Women have vaginas. They also have ovaries and a few other things that male humans do not have. Vagina is an anatomical name for a body part. Neither vagina or penis is a dirty word, or profane language or curse words. They are precise scientific language that are integral to the science of biology. So when Apple redacts part of a book title because it contains the word vagina they are being silly, among other things. Some words, in the hands of creative writers in some contexts can take on a different or additional meaning, but unless Apple or any other entity makes that case, they’re just censoring for the sake of censoring.
The United States said it was taking measures to protect its citizens worldwide after protesters angry about an online film considered offensive to Islam attacked U.S. diplomatic compounds in Libya and Egypt on Tuesday, killing an American.
In Cairo, several men scaled the walls of the U.S. Embassy and tore down its American flag, according to CNN producer Mohamed Fadel Fahmy, who was on the scene.
In Libya, witnesses say members of a radical Islamist group called Ansar al-Sharia protested near the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, where NATO jets established no-fly zones last year to blunt ground attacks from then Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi.
….Libya’s General National Congress also condemned the attack, saying it “led to the regrettable injury and death of a number of individuals.” Lawmakers said in a statement Tuesday night that they were investigating.
Dear sh*t eating cowardly scumbags who committed murder because you were offended by a movie. You committed these cowardly crimes in the name of your invisible friend in the sky who you believe was offended. Your invisible friend, according to you, is the one and only God. The most powerful, all-knowing, wisest entity in the entity universe. Your actions would seem at odds for the claims you make for this super being. If such a being exists, is he or it not capable of disbursing its own justice when and as it sees fit. Your murderous behavior would seem to prove that your god is weak, too feeble to handle its own affairs since it delegates, or you feel that it has delegated those duties to you. People who act like, ironically, mindless heretics. I’m not picking on you. The same applies to conservative Republican Christians that bomb health clinics and murder doctors. And to the Rand Pauls and Mitt Romneys who think anyone with black or brown skin or anyone who has a vagina is three-fifths a person. If you could all get your invisible friend on tape and video, telling us that being gutless wussholes is the moral way to live life, hey we could settle this stuff once and for all.
As is usually the case, moderates get drowned out by the loudest and most obnoxious. This report came in later in the day: 15 Photos Of Moderate Libyans Apologizing To Americans
And as one would expect Mitt Romney’s words, attitude and values are anything but American, Mitt Romney rhetoric on embassy attacks is a discredit to his campaign
Mr. Romney did not then know the extent of the Benghazi incident — his statement referred only to “the death of an American consulate worker.” So it was stunning to see the GOP nominee renew his verbal offensive Wednesday morning, when the country was still absorbing the news of the first death in service of a U.S. ambassador since 1988. Though reports were still sketchy, it appeared that a militant jihadist group, Ansar al-Sharia, took advantage of the Benghazi protest to stage an armed assault that overwhelmed the Libyan security force at the consulate.
At a news conference, Mr. Romney claimed that the administration had delivered “an apology for America’s values.” In fact, it had done no such thing: Religious tolerance, as much as freedom of speech, is a core American value.
Conservatives use coded language a lot. If they spoke at a length beyond what would fit on a bumper sticker they might have to think and explain in-depth, including cost and benefits. Thus the anti-regulation dogma. That is just a Republican crusade to normalize corruption and criminal negligence, Sick Money: How Mitt Romney’s Bain Investments Are Exploding the Deficit and Harming Our Health
Consider the story  of Bain Capital and Duane Reade. Bain purchased the drugstore chain and hired a CEO who was later convicted of investor fraud, while the chain itself was selling out-of-date drugs and baby formula to its customers.
Duane Reade’s story is not unlike that of Damon International, whose Bain-anointed CEO was convicted for tricking doctors into ordering unnecessary procedures and billing them (ironically enough) to Medicare. Apparently Romney and Bain had an eye for healthcare talent: an evil eye.
But even that isn’t the biggest part of the story. This is: Mitt Romney and Bain Capital were among the first to to engage in the kinds of highly leveraged buyouts of private healthcare companies that pressures them to overtreat patients and overbill payers just to satisfy their investors.
See, the statist anti-Christ liberals and their regulations, are just interfering with the god given right of conservative businesses to give Americans a giant rusty shaft.
Johnny Cash passed away on September 12, 2003. Bob Dylan & Johnny Cash – Girl From The North Country