Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Passion - Humilty = Eccentricism

Wednesday June 4, 2008

What's the difference between having a passion for something (shoes, music, goat cheese) and being eccentric? Is eccentric always bad? Is eccentricism a word? Am I merely filling up space? Probably. But let's discuss it further, shall we?

According to passion is described as: "strong or extravagant fondness, enthusiasm, or desire for anything: a passion for music." Isn't that neat that the dictionary dot com people chose music to show passion? Neat!

And here's what they say about eccentricism (and no - eccentricism isn't a word, but we'll get to it's creation and origin and means for removal in a minute)... eccentric is: 1. deviating from the recognized or customary character, practice, etc.; irregular; erratic; peculiar; odd: eccentric conduct; an eccentric person. 2. not having the same center; not concentric: used esp. of two circles or spheres at least one of which contains the centers of both.

So basically, in other words, otherwise stated, for those that are slower than most, a passion is a love for something and eccentricism is being possessively off-center because of your passion.

Thanks to the help of one very crucial ingredient, the metamorphosis from passion to eccentric can be seen in 3 easy steps. (How about a prize to the first person who can tell me the secret ingredient?)

  1. You have a passion. You love it, it excites you, you can't wait to get up in the morning. And since you still maintain a humble existence, you get all fired up about learning more of your passion. Neat!
  2. You become an expert on your passion. You start talking about it, you pontificate your passion to those who could care less. Humilty starts to fly down the crapper. Who knew humilty had wings!
  3. You think you're better than all humans in the universe! You are eccentric! You don't need to learn now because you know it all. The humility somehow escaped the sewage treatment plant (evidently wings don't help you swim). And all that passion you used to have? It too escaped the treatment. See, that jazzy passion is now required in order for you to have any sort of confidence. Trapped in passion space! With the pigs in space! Ahhh!

Now. In order to rid oneself of the eccentricism possession, one must call an eccentricism excorcist. Also called a therapist. Funny how they rhyme, isn't it?

Where am I going with this? Who knows! I just watched Into the Wild and I'm reading, like... three different self-help books.


tom lindsey said...

Christopher was not eccentric, he was selfish. Was the movie any good?

rabidrunner said...

So I read the book (Also titled Into The Wild) about 6 years ago. I found it fascinating - probably long enough ago that I found the movie fascinating as well.

I think they did a pretty good job of showing the story and it was entertaining until the end. For some reason the manner in which they showed the poor guy starving to death had me in a frightful fret for days.

I've already warned the Yahoos of the perils of Alaska (and other wild places like Magna). Around here we phrase dangerous events with "you do that and you'll break your heels!" It's enough to scare the hell out of them.

So my warning goes something like this... "Go to Alaska by yourself with only a .22 and a 10 lb bag of rice and not only will you starve to death, you'll break your heels!"

The McMillans said...

I am going to become eccentric about offensive rules everywhere I go.

Winder said...

I have to be honest I didn't really read your post. I find I don't have the time I thought I would as a stay at home mom with a husband who is looking for a job and has to have the computer. I just wanted you to know I am still alive and want to be part of the blogging world.

Vera said...

First, I LOVE the word PONTIFICATE! There is no other who can pontificate on the subject of urination such as I can! I think it is safe to say you are, in fact eccentric.

The fact that you think about music, shoes and goat cheese together is a dead give away.

Vera said...

I also read Into the Wild and saw the movie....I do not think that Christopher was eccentric or selfish. Now this part is mushy and gooey.
I think he was a very unique soul who touched alot of people on him journey. He was somewhat tortured by his upbringing; yet he did what was expected of him by the parents who made him so unhappy. He didn't really rebel; he simply followed his heart and his dream. Does that make you selfish? He owed nothing to anyone, he took nothing; he left some peoples lives very touched.

I think his death was sad, wonder what he would have done with it if he had come back. I think him very brave to follow his dreams!

Chansu Hiro said...

Correct, even with the extra descriptive factors. Having had or having "humility" and then later keeping passion, might make one eccentric... But the secret is... how?