Why so precious?


I've been thinking about this a lot lately! There are passionate people and then there are those who act precious.


A passionate person has a clear understanding of their purpose. They have intense enthusiasm, a strong belief and take action for someone or something.


You literally can be passionate about anything and it can even only last for a moment, but Passion involves action! Without action there is no passion.


"Actions speak louder than words."

-What you do has more value than what you say.


On the other side, there are people who fake passion or act precious.

Acting precious is to act in an overly formal manner or it's giving too much attention to details that are not important. It's anti-passion, anti-output....nothing talk...fakeness! A person like this for some reason wants to fake passion for things that are subjectively important. There's no passion without action, no matter how important these things are to you, other people or your culture.


Also, talking about something without being able to convey "why" and "how" is just noise. Your type of thinking should invite explanation, share experiences and remain impartial. If you are unable to articulate "why" and "how" or your thoughts are impossible for an outsider to understand: you are being precious. What's the point anyway?


The Emperor's New Clothes!


The phrase "emperor's new clothes" has become an idiom about logical fallacies.

Fallacies are fake or deceptive arguments, or arguments that seem irrefutable but prove nothing. Let's look cultural beliefs! The only reason you have these views/ideas/feelings and they are widely accepted as true or professed as being praiseworthy, is due to an unwillingness of the general population to criticize them or be seen as going against popular opinion. They are precious thoughts! We all love our own beliefs, but need to be aware of how we talk about them.


With culture, everything is right or proper simply because it has "always" been that way, and because people have "always" thought that way. Don't get me wrong, I love culture, but don't understand the goal of preciousness. It may be unintentional, but it is self-serving. Self-serving is any perceptual process that is distorted by the need to maintain enhanced self-esteem.


The goal of studying English is to speak it like it was your native language. The best way is to build connections and this is accomplished through meaningful conversation. Remember, deeper connections and conversations uplift the human spirit.


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