The Suffering that Comes with Desire

According to the First Noble Truth, All Life is Suffering. It has taken me awhile to wrap my head around that for although my life has it´s ups and downs, for the most part I find it pretty enjoyable. I mean the closest I´ve come to suffering today was running out of coffee. Because I do really want some coffee, I kinda get what the Buddha is saying in the Second Noble Truth that Suffering is Caused by Desire.


I think that this is the case, that desire causes suffering because of something I saw in an Andrew Cohen video the other day. He was saying that the Universe as we know it, the material world being perpetually created by the Intelligent Designer that some have have personalized as God, is in a constant state of manifestion. As such, it is always in a state of becoming what it will be, but is never actually that. In other words, because life is always becoming something else, it is always desirious of what it longs to be, but cannot be.


In the same way, when we get them mental images of what we desire, when we see a life unike the one we are living now, we are no longer content with the reality before us, and must suffer with not being in the state of perfection we imagine. On a more practical level, as I wrote before, this desire of which the Buddha speaks is largely referring to human appetites that are never fully satiated. Unfortunately, one thing we will never need in contemporary society is more desire.



Steve McAllister is the author of The Rucksack Letters and How to Survive an Estralarian Mind Meld. He posts regularly at The Unbroken Path and is currently involved in starting the Common Wealth Time Bank in Sarasota, Florida. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.


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