from the Lucidian collection
by author E. Motketsan
Etymology: French, from Latin amator lover,
from amare to love
1 : DEVOTEE, ADMIRER
2 : one who engages in a pursuit, study, science, or
sport as a pastime rather than as a profession
I want to be an amateur for the true meaning of the word is to love
and to have passion. When did the amateur become associated with
something of lesser quality? Since when did the professional become of
greater magnitude than the amateur?
I want to pursue astronomy and look into the heavens because I am
passionate about the universe and what new discoveries can be made,
but I am not an astronomer. I am passionate about the laws of physics
because they discuss the limitations of nature and dare us to defy
them, but I am not a scientist. I want to sail the seas to experience
an endless ocean and the magnitude of its vastness, but I am not a
seaman. I am passionate about a great many things and wish to discuss
topics of science, theology, politics, the human condition, the arts,
and so many others, but I am not a philosopher.
I am passionate about life and what Iíve learned through my
minuscule span of time and I would like to pass this on in the form of
writing. I wish to express my thoughts on so many things and stir the
imagination so that others may expand on what Iíve experienced, but
I am not a writer.
How exciting it is to be an amateur and if I had to do this for a
living, to be a professional, I believe my passion would be drained
and suffocated by the aspects of having to be locked into a specific
field of thought. I want to be an amateur.
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