Desire, a call for communion

Desire, a call for communion

This is not a reflection about ultimate values. Rather it is a meditation upon one way in which we experience universal connectedness.

In the give and take of human relations, and of ultimate experiences, one hears that women have a more intense experience of “desire”.

Whether true or not, “desire” is a benchmark of human vitality

The key problem of existence is motivation: what is the necessity of it all? Why get up in the morning? These and similar questions lead humans to stories of context, to mythologies and ritual practices designed to harmonise man with observance, with nature and the source of life.

Are we masters of necessity, or driven by it?

If the answer to the question of motivation is physical, i.e. reproduction, one answer applies, if spiritual, another.

The spiritual answer begs the question of authority and requires an act of faith and affirmation, of “Nirvana”, “God” or “Allah” and is always accompanied by an appropriate defferential behaviour.

“Desire” however, is a life-problem, an affirmation of a negative, a craving for release from the craving, an “avoidance” behaviour that is “life-affirming”.

I cannot think of “desire” without at the same time conceiving of satiety.

Such hunger is a metaphor for loneliness and isolation, for cold, hunger and ultimately death. The physical and spiritual love that elevate man from hunger are ultimately the affirmative bonds of good society.

The moral issue in desire arises from the implications of desire for individual relationships and the consequences of such relations for personal security and self-determination.

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