"Love" is when someone takes as their highest value a tangible thing,
person, or some other entity---a noun. "Passion" is when someone holds
as their highest value an abstraction---a concept.
In rare instances, an employee can be passionate about a corporate
mission, believing that they are personally vested in owning and
directing the corporation. In many of those rare situations, the
employee is delusional. They perform outstanding work, and corporations
love that sort of employee. They work for below what they`re worth, are
dedicated, extremely loyal, and would die at their desk.
People aren`t "passionate" about SuN, is what I`m saying. They "love"
the forum, chance to speak out, meet other people, and so forth. They
"love" the tangible benefits of a consolidated exchange location on the
But they`re passionate about the underlying concept of being in charge,
owning a business, bringing an idea to fruition, and managing their own
destiny. No matter how involved a corporate employee might be, they`re
not managing their own destiny. That destiny is direclty tied to, and
dependent upon (not relying upon) someone else---the corporate
In other words, the Sloan brothers, being passionate about business,
have created an outlet for *communicating* that passion in like-minded
people. The community is a natural by-product of having that central
outlet. Nobody can "create" a passion in someone else, just as nobody
can create an emotion in anyone.
We can "cause" a feeling in someone by punching them in the nose or
giving them an ice cream cone. But we can`t create emotions: Those are
developed internally, personally, and subjectively. It`s why we have the expression "playing on someone`s emotions."
A writer lays out a set of circumstances, hoping to resonate with the
existing emotions in the readers. The better the writer, the wider the
audience of people who already have the emotions available to harmonize
with the written circumstances. Same with selling: where the sales
pitch resonates to pre-existing emotions.
Everyone who`s an ongoing part of the SuN community already has a
passion. Those who don`t, tend to fall away from ongoing discussions.
My passion is for definitions, human nature, philosophy, psychology,
anthropology, and so forth---all concepts and abstract fields of
information. Because of that, I "see" relationships and links between
the explicit "things" of words and sentences in postings, and how they
connect with underlying concepts.
Because I`m passionate about my own conceptual universe and writing, I
also am driven to talk about it and write about it. It`s not that I
"kinda like writing," or that I really like arguing over words. It`s
that I can`t help but make those links and see relationships, and I`m
not able to read something and walk away.
The ancient Greeks talked about the "daemon" and muses. They understood
how a passion seemingly takes over a person`s entire being---their
thinking, imagination, day-dreams, life, actions, relationships, and so
forth. There`s a fine line between a passion and an obsession, similar
to how people say there`s a fine line between genius and madness.
That fine line rests on the difference between pure logic, and rational
logic. "Rational" means there`s a connection with an objective reality,
not a subjective interpretation of reality.