It is easy to notice other people’s obsession when we ourselves are impartial. The moment we have a stake in a situation, our passion blinds us. ‘Puppy love’ is an easy example of this blindness. ‘Puppy love’ exemplifies the attraction emotion of need and love. This ‘positive’ passion is the emotional energy that drives us reflexively to embrace that which we need… usually we ‘love’ what makes us feel comfortable, secure, strong, etc. On the flip side is fear and hate. This ‘negative’ passion is the emotional energy that drives us reflexively to avoid that which we fear… usually we ‘hate’ what makes us feel uncomfortable, insecure, weak, etc.
Either passion dampens the opportunity to recognize what chapter 14 hints at… This is called indistinct and shadowy. Our things and ideals are the treasures to which we both passionately cling to and fear to lose. The passion that binds us to them prevents fulfilling chapter 10’s,