Use Your Directional Signal Or I’m Going to Beat the Hell Out of You
There’s a difference between zealotry and fanaticism, as compared to passion. Passion is strong emotion, a great enthusiasm. We should seek to hire people with passion. Our hobbies and interests should fulfill some of our passions. But I’m never going to advocate hiring fanatics.
Zealots and fanatics are replete with a narrow, single minded focus most often reflected in the fields of politics and religion. “Fan” comes from fanatic, and rightly so when you consider the soccer riots that regularly occur in Europe over a game. Parents have been arrested for assault and even murder at kids’ hockey games. Officials have been assaulted at all levels of sports.
And of course, “killing infidels” is often justified by religious fanatics, and illegal activities and blatant lies by political fanatics. And lest you think I’m making only contemporary reference, the latter goes back to the founding of the Republic.
When you try to persuade me to vote or back a cause that you support, that’s fair enough. But if you threaten me or, worse, think I’m inferior to you if I choose not to, then you’re a zealot, and as far as I’m concerned, mentally ill.