This morning, while puttering around I decided to look into it. I did a bit of clicking on my actual modules. Then I did some searches and read some wikies. Then I did a bit more clicking and noticed the menu icon at the very bottom of my module screen. I vaguely remember clicking on this when I started and going, "I'm not going to worry about this now and just learn to play before I try to customize."
Now, at a point that customization of my various game tools is becoming an important thing, I clicked on it and found hide passive modules on the list. My passive modules vanished. I realized, if I had understood this sooner, I'd have had fewer issues with figuring out which modules were passive and which active.
I then felt a bit stupid.
Better late then never.
To sooth my feelings I went to try to make some ISK. I found a 4/10 plex, and since my mood was rather grumpy, I decided to log on my logi as support and go for it.
To my intense surprise, I did fine. I did warp out once. No issues, just taking precautions since I was playing with armor DPS and not shield. The plex is not some type of monster. I am simply terrible at PvE. Someone described someone else at work as a 'brick' when it came to their learning during their initial training. That is how I am with PvE. A brick. It just does not absorb into me.
In the end, my plex gave me no shinies. I was sad, I do admit. I wanted to secure my glorious solo plexing with a shiny to prove that I was amazing.