That Obscure Subject of Desire
Natalie Portman
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Natalie,

Nice read. Desire is obscure because it changes over time. What I desire today isn’t the same as I did 10, 15, 20, 30 years ago (I’m coming up on 60). It is an intangible, often unattainable thing — respect, love, money, sex, revenge, peace, to name but a few — but we live in a society that, sadly, through bigotry, racism, perception, class and mobility, limits those opportunities for most. Consider about 1/12 of the world’s population has 80% of the wealth and in the United States it’s 40 families.

Empathy and understanding are in short supply these days. We aren’t evolved enough to realize that we all have the same basic needs and wants and that’s where empathy falls short. “Time’s up” for many things. People need to understand that desires, as obscure as they are, are tangible and real to every human being. No matter their status in life, how they identify, whether they’re rich or poor, famous or obscure. When we come to understanding that, it becomes easier to empathize. I wish you nothing but success.