Ardent: (adj) enthusiastic or passionate.
“One man’s bratwurst is another man’s wiener.”
(I’m sure it’s a famous saying somewhere. For the sake of the essay, let us assume so.)
Also, I must tell you that one person’s “ardent” is another critic’s “fanatic.”
Passion is worthy of praise. To criticize all passion is to remove the energy that creates change.
So what is the difference between ardent and fanatic?
For instance, in the process of trying to generate political progress, we have diluted truths and valuable causes down to mere slogans and debate points.
In the quest for avoiding religion infringing on the rights of minorities, we have often crippled the legs of faith, which transforms lives.
I am an ardent believer, but I am not a fanatic. May I tell you the difference?
1. I use my beliefs to experiment on myself, not you.
I am not concerned whether you desire to follow my path. If you’re interested, come see. If you’re not, go look.
2. I want to use my beliefs to clarify what science and technology are discovering.
Science and faith are not at odds. They are fellow-researchers, working in the same laboratory, often greatly surprised at their similar findings.
3. And finally, I do not want my faith to be made of stone, but rather, of a material which allows the grace of stretching to cover a multitude of situations–even sins.
I have little concern about what the Law of Religion says. It is my job to find the mercy within its legislation.
Ardent is when we realize that what we pursue is for our benefit, not for constraints on others.
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