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When public passion approaches the level of an institution a Revolution breaks out.
Institutionalized public passion is culture. What is passion apart from it being energy? Energy is vital. When a little of the physical energy converts itself into vital energy or thought, it becomes passion. His effort to think or energise fails and the result is an outburst of passion. The body, the physical in our terminology, cannot think, cannot release any energy except physical energy. Physical energy is organised into skill at Level 7. But there are intense moments where the body makes a supreme effort. When it fails, the effort subsides into passion. An utterly physical man falling in love deeply when overcome with emotions for the lady desires to utter the words ‘I love you’ restrained by circumstances. His speech fails him. He is moved to tears. Trying to say that he cannot live without her, he faints overcome with emotion. Should the lady deny him, he would die. If anyone tries to cross him, he would let his passion loose on him.
- The deepest efforts of the body at its most intense moments become passion.
Nations rarely reach this point, unless one section grows oppressive of all the other sections and life reaches a point of no return. By this time the sensations of the body mature into physical emotions. Emotions in the mind organise into sentiments and find utterance in language as poetry. Emotions of the vital are saturated with energy which normally turns into courage, loyalty, chastity, integrity, etc. as they have the benefit of an organising vital mind (Level 4) as well as being refined because the energy is vital. Emotions of the physical are coarse, dense, fit for folklore and folk poetry and are massive in their generation.
- Massive crude energies devoid of a guiding Mind generate emotions that we call passion.
Such passions organise themselves into deeply set superstitions. They too can be institutionalized. Passion being passion, before it is institutionalized they release their energies as VIOLENCE. A revolution breaks out. The history of the French Revolution, pre-revolutionary Russia and the events of any nation poised for a Revolution will be described like this. Religious superstition precedes generally violent outbreak of Revolutions. Where such a superstition grows into belief it partly rationalises itself taking the edge off the revolutionary violence. Pride & Prejudice fictionally represents how the maturity of Britain managed to sublimate the Revolution into evolution. Still the vehemence with which Elizabeth refused Darcy’s proposal signifies that violent fervour.