What if we take this seriously? What gifts is it going to give us if we love something, and love it with rigor, and we love it with commitment?
— Vanessa, Harry Potter and the Sacred Text, Book 1 Chapter 1
During the first episode of Harry Potter and the Sacred Text, this statement lead me to a revelation: treating things I love with rigor was a natural state for me.
I considered it more of a bad habit: a tendency to over-examine and pick apart everything. This usually results in me being overly critical of whatever doesn’t stand up to this rigor, and overly obsessed with that which does. I mentioned this on twitter, and the podcast responded by asking what sort of things I treated as sacred. I realized that my twitter profile was a mashup of the things I rigorously loved.
In just the first episode, this podcast re-framed my perspective. I now understood my rigorous love was valuable, and afforded me a greater understanding of the world around me. I eagerly listened to all the episodes, and became best friends with the podcast.
I’m enjoying the podcast so much that I’ve decided to start a read-along blog. I’ll also go chapter for chapter for the next 4 years, writing about my view on the themes, likely blending in other things I love.