Some of these protests support casues I think are good (I am currently against war in Iraq); some support causes I think are bad (I am pro-“globalization”). Some of the tactics utilized are ineffective (tying tuition reduction to the anti-war cause, spelling “NO WAR” with naked female bodies); OTOH, we saw in the 60s and as the Iron Curtain fell that mass rallies can sometimes help bring about profound changes.
I don’t really want to discuss these causes and tactics.
What I would like to discuss is the passion itself, which I admire even when I feel it is directed at a bad cause or used in an inefficient way.
Is the passion of youth admirable in itself?
Is youthful passion not something that should be valued outside of the uses made of it?
Would it be a good idea to try to channel the passion and energy into concrete activity (perhaps on an individual scale instead of in group effort)?
Is there really even such a thing as youthful passion–perhaps people of all ages have about the same level of passion but channel it in less noticeable ways, or channel it into their private lives?
Is youthful passion actually a bad thing, since it is sometimes used by the unscrupulous and charismatic to support group causes individual young people would not necessarily buy into (I’m thinking Hitler Youth)?
My take is that there is something admirable about anyone’s willingness to forget oneself and care more about a cause than about personal comfort/monetary/worldly matters. Nonetheless, I would like to figure out why I think this.