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What is desire?

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posted on Mar, 7 2012 @ 09:08 PM
Desire seems to be a huge driving for in peoples lives. Whether it be food, sex, money, control, etc. usually we all experience desire on a daily basis. It what seems to drive the world as we know it. Most don't even realize their desires, but just live day to day unaware that their desires lead them in chains sometimes.

What are your thoughts on desire?
Why do we experience desire?

posted on Mar, 7 2012 @ 09:39 PM
reply to post by Ralphy

Good thought...I like to think that desire boils down to greed and ignorance.There has to be a difference between desire,yearn,crave,yen,want....and so on.But what do I know.Just my buck three eighty on the thought.SF


posted on Mar, 7 2012 @ 09:44 PM
reply to post by Ralphy

"Desire" is a song by U2:

edit on 3/7/2012 by this_is_who_we_are because: typo

posted on Mar, 7 2012 @ 09:51 PM
reply to post by Ralphy

Hi Ralphy,

Desire may be seen as representative of all that we strive to attach to here in the sense world; including things that we perceive as being outside of this sense realm. It represents our relationship with matter. And so, the best and the worst in our selves; although it is usually easier to point out the worst as these would be the problems that we are all working so desperately to solve.


posted on Mar, 7 2012 @ 10:02 PM
reply to post by Xoanon

Good thought...

I can't believe im gonna quote paul here... but

For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

Thats a pretty good explanation...

Bleh... i feel dirty

posted on Mar, 7 2012 @ 10:04 PM

from birth, baby crying loud I WANT WANT WANT

spoiled kids thru to adult tend to never grow up, most never content with what they already have


posted on Mar, 7 2012 @ 10:09 PM
Desire is the anticipation of fulfillment or satisfaction, whether that fulfillment / satisfaction be through food, joy, sex etc.
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posted on Mar, 7 2012 @ 10:17 PM
I'd have to say that Desire is Attachment.

You cannot desire that which you know kNot or want knot or cannot ever lose.

For example, peeps desire to live forever, but if they will ever open death's door, they will see that death is an illusion, for you yourself are an illusion and that which is illusionary, cannot die so the U of you never dies and the Y of U cannot die, sew by becoming Zeroness, the Y0U is complete and from there, the only thing left to desire is Everything else, but Everything else is already WE's sew what's left to desire but Love, but Love is a given and it's part of Everything else.

Desire, simply, is getting what you want then wanting what you don't get and that illusion can/will feed your desire even further.


posted on Mar, 8 2012 @ 03:44 AM
aren't Buddhists always trying to get rid themselves of desire?
Is that safe? or sane?
isn't desire what drives you for better or worse and without drive, then what do you have?
what if there are people that just don't care about anything? That would require a complete lack of desire. Does that make them sociopaths? Or are they just ahead of the game?

posted on Mar, 8 2012 @ 03:49 AM
reply to post by Ralphy

What are your thoughts on desire?
Why do we experience desire?

I think 'desire' is misunderstood. Sometimes 'desire' is a replacement for 'purpose'. I don't really know myself. I'm just a traveller like so many others.

posted on Mar, 8 2012 @ 03:50 AM
Desire can really be a dual-edged sword.

Without the desire to learn or to grow we would be stagnant and never learn anything new. Inventions would never come to fruition, ideas would be just that. Without desire we would still be cavemen.

Desire is also a test of the human will. If you can stare down your desire of something you know is going to be bad for you and come out on top, then you have defeated desire.

This is why we (some of us at least) have wisdom. To temper desire.

posted on Mar, 8 2012 @ 04:01 AM
I watched Rise Planet of the Apes the other day and when Ceasar gave the apes a cookie to get them to do what he wanted i was struck by the thought, if you can get something to 'want' (desire) you can control it.

posted on Mar, 8 2012 @ 04:12 AM
Desire....can be traced to a multitude of possibilities. Psychological Issues....Endorphine Blasts....a need to feel in control...a need to feel loved....etc...etc...It is all BIOCHEMICAL. Split Infinity

posted on Mar, 8 2012 @ 10:25 AM
The problem is not in the fact that desire exists, but it lies in what it is we desire.
Desire goes awry when the intent is not noble.


posted on Mar, 8 2012 @ 12:05 PM
Desire is caused by fear, fear is caused by the mis-identification of self with the mind and body. Desire is ok, it should not be shunned, but it should be understood. Some people are still very amazed by worldly activities and are having fun on this ride and want to continue for a few more lifetimes, this is ok, but some of us have seen enough and are ready to return to the source, and this too is ok.

Here is an excellent article concerning this topic that all of you should read:


posted on Mar, 9 2012 @ 03:59 AM
To want what you don't have and not want what you do have is the human condition, it is madness. If only humans could want what they have and not what they don't have then they would be content and at peace. Wanting more (or less) hurts. Humans want (desire) because they feel incomplete and they think if the get what they want it will complete them, make then feel fulfilled, a new car, a new relationship might work for a short time but the feeling of incompleteness returns.
The feeling of incompleteness can not be cured with material things, the only cure is to find out the truth, to realize that you are already complete right now in this moment. Everyone is looking for happiness and they think something 'out there' will make it all better, whether it is another person, a purchase or the future.
Nothing can complete you, make you feel whole because you already are whole and complete.
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