“Limited men with limitless energy”: Why we should be wary of ‘passion’ — chronotope

In Philip Roth’s best novel American Pastoral, there’s a phrase that has always stayed with me and one I’ve since associated with a most unpleasant sort of person. Seymour ‘Swede’ Levov is the blonde haired, blue eyed protagonist of the novel, a star athlete in High school, who marries a beauty queen and expands his father’s business empire but can never escape his father’s shadow: “a father for whom everything is an unshakable duty, for whom there is a right way and a wrong way and nothing in between, a father whose compound of ambitions, biases, and beliefs is so unruffled by careful thinking that he isn’t as easy to escape from as he seems. Limited men with limitless energy; men quick to be friendly and quick to be fed up; men for whom the most serious thing in life is to keep going despite everything.”

via “Limited men with limitless energy”: Why we should be wary of ‘passion’ — chronotope

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