Monday, October 24, 2011

Intense Interests

Can one intense interest come to represent or lead to all others? A mom once complained that her
son was interested in nothing but World War II. There are college professors and historians who are interested in nothing but World War II. It can become a life’s work. But even a passing interest can touch just about everything—geography, politics, the history and current events of Europe and parts of the Pacific, social history of the 20th century in the United States, military technology, tactics, recruitment and propaganda, poster art/production/distribution, advances in communications, transport of troops and food and supplies, espionage, prejudices, interment camps, segregation, patriotism, music, uniforms, insignia, religion….
photo by Sandra Dodd

1 comment:

  1. Having a son with Aspergers, I can assure parents/teachers the truth to this. Having an intense interest on a subject DOES and WILL lead to many, MANY other things yet to be discovered in and around the subject! All the while, the child/adult is still able to embrace what they love(the intense interest subject) while taking little side trips to the things the interest offers aside from itself without being made felt like they *have* to leave their interest. When left alone in this way, it works very organically and easily.
    Makes for people out in the world who *love* what they do and make careers out of it. :)


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