Passion and Mediocrity

A very interesting conversation today with a group of landscape architects…
The concept of passion in art has some interesting parallels with passion between people.
When passion between people is embodied in poetry or other forms of art, it need never name the “Other”. It’s already a sign of possessiveness and “strategy”.
Even worse is when the art is sadly mediocre and is talked up by the “other” who responds mostly out of, not passion, but COMpassion.
Compassion is something wonderful and precious but will never be a substitute for passion. Indeed, it ultimately undermines the potential of real passion. The compassionate one becomes increasingly self-deluded and resorts to ever more desperate measures, living a “double” life (even a triple life – scary).
It’s doomed to failure.

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