Intellect vs. Passion

Passion is an interesting concept, I believe. I think most of us tend to relegate passion to the realm of emotions, which may be true, but emotions come from the heart and heart is vital to life. Passion is underrated.

We live in a world where the head trumps the heart most of the time. Intelligence and education (head learning) are highly prized. Science and technology are modern gods, worshiped by media, schools, and governments alike. Passion, on the other hand, is relegated to the land of musicians, actors and artists for the most part. What’s wrong with that? I’m pretty sure it wasn’t artists that got our economy in the shape it’s in. Wasn’t it all the highly educated businessmen and bankers who drove us to this point of collapse?

Passion is underrated, and it is also opposed.  It is the anti-intellect, a second class citizen, so to speak. It comes from the heart, rather than the head, so it’s distrusted. Nonetheless, the heart, and the passion that flows from it are absolutely essential to life. Check the Bible and make note of how many times God’s heart is mentioned compared to how intelligent he is, and God knows everything. Maybe that should be a clue to us as well. What’s important to God isn’t how smart you are, it’s what’s in your heart.

In the end, I urge you to go with your heart. I’m not necessarily saying that passion and intellect are mutually exclusive, but rarely have I seen them work together. If you disagree, I would love to hear from you.


About glennjack

A pilgrim on a long journey. A son of God seeking the face of his Father. A father of 4. A writer, musician and overall deep thinker. A lover of the wild and untamed places. A seeker of truth, justice and peace. I am all of the above, and more.
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