What is the purpose of desire, and is there a way to truly live without it? There are those that state it can be bypassed to reach a state of selflessness, but in the same respect, others claim it is one within itself to be a part of human nature. What do you feel about this, let's hear your thoughts.
If you are going to live without desire, why should you live? What for?
What wouldn't you live for? Is it not true that not all things are based around a want?
Tell me one. At least it is a desire to live or a desire to avoid death.
But my question was "what is the point in living with out desire?" what'll be the meaning of life?
Your right, ones desire may to be to avoid death or to pursue life, but a monk may wish to purge desire in order to reach nirvana. I don't think it's a question of what's the point, rather than to ask, why would an individual perceive life in that notion of null desire for fulfillment of a pure selflessness which to my knowledge cannot be gained without selfish thought asking why gain selflessness. To what extreme is one willing to exemplify his/her desire to answer the question of life, or does one give up the question in order to truly answer it?
I don't know. May be when one finds out that there is no meaning in life, there is nothing to gain and nothing to lose, there is nothing to be happy or sad about, when there is no point in being selfish or selfless, they may have no desire.
"but a monk may wish to purge desire in order to reach nirvana."
that in itself is a desire, don't you think?
It is most certainly, but then once it's gone, it is desired back?
That is a very, very insightful point there.
A little too sleepy to think the entire process out, so I'll post--pone until fully awake and avoid mistakes.
But the question itself is simply INTRIGUING.. [that is, the op]
What is the purpose of desire?
Why, to keep the human race going.
the meaning of life to me is waiting for death. we can't avoid it. we can't forget it but we don't want to remember it so, we desire this, that, these, those etc. Ans: the purpose of desire is to forget death.
Life is the totality of all desires and their fulfillment.
Each individual desire is a part of the whole, but it is thus made up in such a way thats its individuality separates it from the whole....
This individuality causes it to be deceptive for it must incorporate the parts that are detrimental to itself, that which cannot be fulfilled because it incorporates the non existant.
All this is personified and embodied in you, this is why you know life and death, goood and evil.
So to gain Life one must give up their individuality, this can be misunderstood as giving up all desires but no its merely giving up the individuality of each desires so as the gain the entirety of them all.
For to gain them all is to gain Life.
I have a desire for lunch coming up. Actually feels good.
To desire is to be motivated. I would hate to not want *anything*. Not love, not to help others, not to see art, not to eat food--what would you do with you life without wanting anything?
I get it! I desire to be faithful to my wife, I can overcome this desire by sleeping around. Cool!!
Life Without desire?... Desire , yearning , needs , physical , mental , material . I don't think life would be worth much without it ! What is it that raises the question ? Thats more to the issue!!.....What is it that makes you ask the question or to wonder about your desires hmmmmm?
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