Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Musings on Bono on Bono - Part 3

"How did this person who set fire to my imagination end up with no new ideas, and actually, even incapable of their old ones? Here's my theory: When people are absorbed in the culture, and they're going out, they're listening to music, they're in the clubs, music is part of their every waking moment, and as a result part of their sleeping times, in their dreams. The life is empty of other lovers. Unless you are in love with the music, or you stop struggling with it in your unconscious when you're asleep, you've other dreams. You're dreaming about moving houses, about whatever other ventures you're involved in. but that's where you did all your great work: You did when you were… …unconscious." - Bono (Quoted from the book 'Bono on Bono - Conversations with Michka Assayas)


I think there is something here. Not just a musician's love for music. But a worker's passion for their work. When other passions start crowding in and clamouring for attention, the worker gets distracted from her primary passion.


While other interests crowding in demanding one's attention is one reason for passion being snuffed out, I believe there are other reasons too.


There are times when a new passion replaces the old passion. It could simply mean that it is time for a change. It could be time for growing up. For maturing. For exploring.


There are also times when one's passion has consumed and possessed and drove a person for too long, one just wants to be rid of it. At least for sometime… And who can say whether the passion will take possession of the person again… Only time…


p.s. - Sometimes one is plain bored out of their wits...

3 comments:

Sandy Carlson said...

This is another one of those amazing serendipitous moments between us and our blogs, Bungi! My post today is of a piece with this one.

For years I attended a church where a friend of the pastor would say, "It's not about me/you/him/her/us" and she would go around telling people they did things for the "wrong reasons" on this basis. For years she drove me nuts. I broke free from that frustration in today's post.

Thanks for a great read and some insights into Bono. I wouldn't know about this without you.

JollyRoger said...

Good post! You must be a very passionate worker?

Where do you work anyway?

Bungi said...

Sandy - It amazes me how this happens! There were a couple of posts that i thought i should write but didn't get around to doing it. But you had spoken along similar lines in your blog...

Jollyroger - Emmm... If i'm not passionate i don't work. :) I am a social/community development worker working with a microfinance company.