The purpose of desire

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  1. BakerRambles profile image85
    BakerRamblesposted 6 years ago

    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.

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      jomineposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      If you are going to live without desire, why should you live? What for?

      1. BakerRambles profile image85
        BakerRamblesposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        What wouldn't you live for?  Is it not true that not all things are based around a want?

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          jomineposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          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?

          1. BakerRambles profile image85
            BakerRamblesposted 6 years agoin reply to this

            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?

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              jomineposted 6 years agoin reply to this

              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.

            2. rLcasaLme profile image71
              rLcasaLmeposted 6 years agoin reply to this

              you said:
              "but a monk may wish to purge desire in order to reach nirvana."

              that in itself is a desire, don't you think?

              1. BakerRambles profile image85
                BakerRamblesposted 6 years agoin reply to this

                It is most certainly, but then once it's gone, it is desired back?

                1. vector7 profile image60
                  vector7posted 6 years agoin reply to this

                  Well done!

                  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]

                  smile

                  1. BakerRambles profile image85
                    BakerRamblesposted 6 years agoin reply to this

                    smile that it is my friend, that it is.  That is why I had to post it, because there is no answer to the question, only more probabilities to a vague and null solution.

    2. John Holden profile image60
      John Holdenposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      What is the purpose of desire?

      Why, to keep the human race going.

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      daisy73posted 6 years agoin reply to this

      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.

    4. kess profile image60
      kessposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      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.

  2. knolyourself profile image60
    knolyourselfposted 6 years ago

    I have a desire for lunch coming up. Actually feels good.

    1. vector7 profile image60
      vector7posted 6 years agoin reply to this

      lol..

  3. psycheskinner profile image82
    psycheskinnerposted 6 years ago

    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?

    1. wilderness profile image98
      wildernessposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Burst your bladder? smile

  4. iantoPF profile image80
    iantoPFposted 6 years ago

    I get it! I desire to be faithful to my wife, I can overcome this desire by sleeping around. Cool!!

    1. vector7 profile image60
      vector7posted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Yeah...

      Fun - N - Free; STD

      New perspective? hmm

      smile

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    ahorsebackposted 6 years ago

    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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