Index funds, however, revel in their passivity.
Was that passivity always there, or did I learn it from porn?
And Chanda and Brian asked how do we change this inactivity, this passivity.
Finally a source of passive income that matches my passivity on human rights!
Either of these approaches might be better than today's squabbling and passivity.
Jeanne Calment, however, was an accidental icon, her celebrity the result of a form of passivity.
To some benighted eyes of the late nineteen-thirties, Ferdinand’s passivity clearly signified suspect masculinity.
But if activity and passivity are not contraries, “they are present in the same subject and proceed from the same cause” (PT: 292).
Hochhuth wrote, “Perhaps never before in history have so many people paid with their lives for the passivity of one single politician.”
It simultaneously resents being criticised for its passivity, wants to preserve its doctrinal purity and absolutely loves all the attention.
As a practical matter, though, the Afghan government has displayed little leadership in this area, and so the de-facto policy has been passivity.
And yet, as my piece in the magazine shows, the American response to the corruption in Karzai’s government has been one of passivity and silence.
Sister Johanna’s passivity — both forced and otherwise — can be frustrating, particularly in moments of crisis, when one longs for her simply to act, ignoring the consequences.
In addition, they believe, socialism encourages passivity and dependence on the state for things one could do for oneself, while capitalism encourages independence and self-reliance.
Christina Merker-Siesjo, who runs Yalla Trappan, a social enterprise for migrant women in Rosengard, a refugee-heavy district of Malmo, says Sweden’s generous benefits can induce passivity among newcomers.
The governor general, the vestiges of another era, that cringing sensibility, that meek deferral to our betters, that quisling lack of national self-confidence, that passivity in the face of interference, should be done.
At first the narrator’s passivity can be wearing, as are the samples from her dream journal (or “book of nightmares”) and her stultifying routine: “Sleeping, waking, it all collided into one grey, monotonous plane ride through the clouds.”
The final half of chapter five recurs to the performative register of language to convey the tension of a consciousness striving to consolidate itself in the wake of alterity as affective investiture, by which its passivity slowly becomes active witnessing.
Man is, like woman, a flesh, thus a passivity, the plaything of his hormones and the species, uneasy prey to his desire; and she like him, in the heart of carnal fever, is consent, voluntary gift, and activity; each of them lives the strange ambiguity of existence made body in his or her own way.
Von Trier has spoken (as to Heath) of his terrible bout with depression (and the one true thing in “Melancholia” is the depiction of Justine’s depression, with her utter passivity and the blank look in her eyes), but there’s nothing in the film that comes across with the plain tragedy of existence that he voices here.
- the trait of remaining inactive; a lack of initiative
- submission to others or to outside influences
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Von Trier has spoken as to Heath of his terrible bout with depression and the one true thing in Melancholia is the depiction of Justines depression with her utter passivity and the blank look in her eyes but theres nothing in the film that comes across with the plain tragedy of existence that he voices here