Nature of desire / Naturaleza del deseo

Acting on desire will likely mess up things big time. Should we give up desiring then?

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Two young women by the sea

Young women watch the Pacific Ocean, La Bufadora, Mexico (2016)

Buddhists nailed it early on: all human troubles start with desiring and wanting . As long as we desire, we are bound to mess it up or we are bound to some degree of deception or dissatisfaction. On the other hand, desire is also at the very root of life, it is what makes us truly humans, the little engine that keeps us going. If we don’t desire, we might as well be dead. To desire or not to desire, that’s the conundrum. The answer comes from the Buddhists themselves: find the middle way, allow yourself to desire all right while accepting / becoming aware of the consequences of every act. In other words, embrace responsibility. In walking this fine line is that we can find true meaning within the limits of our human existence *

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Los budistas lo entendieron temprano: todos los problemas humanos comienzan con el deseo. Mientras se desee, estamos destinados a complicarlo todo, un cierto grado de decepción o de insatisfacción no espera. Por otro lado, el deseo está radicado en la vida misma, el deseo es lo que nos hace hombres, es el motorcito que nos mantiene andando. Si no deseamos, es como si estuviéramos muertos. Desear o no desear, es la cuestión. Y la respuesta a este dilema viene de los budistas mismos: encontremos el camino medio, permitámonos desear todo lo que se quiera mientras aceptamos y nos hacemos conscientes de las consecuencias de cada acto de nuestra voluntad. En otras palabras, convirtámonos en individuos responsables. Caminando, pués, esta cuerda floja es lo que permite encontrar el sentido verdadero de esta existencia humana *

Author: Constantino

A Chemical Engineer born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. He has worked for the oil refining industry in threes countries under different capacities. With photography and writing as hobbies, he has traveled the world (and has still to settle somewhere). Loves movies, Latin Jazz, black coffee and red wine... Kampai!

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