The uniquely human pull of desire

On one hand, desire can be a bad thing. It can drive us nuts and make us horrible people to be around. When we’re always in a state of wanting, wanting, wanting — more, more, more — we’re constantly in a state of lack.

When we’re not self-aware, we can lose ourselves in this lack. We can fall into self pity, cynicism, and bitterness.

But if we can stand back and see the true nature of desire, we can transform our relationship with it.

Desire is what makes us human. You’ll never see a bee saying to himself, “You know what, guys, I need my space. I’m going to get my own tree and build my own damn hive with plenty of elbow room. I’m tired of being elbow to elbow with you all the time. And that queen, she treats us like sh*t. I’m not putting up with it anymore. I want. My own. LIFE!”

You’ll never see it. (Matter of fact, if you see a bee talking to himself in any capacity, reply to this post and let me know.)

Bees have been building the same type of hive forever. Don’t get me wrong, it’s amazing what they do. How intricate and exact their hives are is uncanny. It never ceases to amaze me. Whenever I see a honeycomb, I wonder how in the world they do that without a ruler and a level.

But the bee has been building the same hive for centuries.

What makes us human is the creative urge — the pull of desire towards bringing into this world what has never been there.

To NOT be okay with our lot — to desire something that isn’t yet here in this physical reality — this is what separates us from them and all the other species. This is creativity. And this is what makes us human.

The pull of desire is the divine human spirit — the soul — urging us forward into the future. We are divinely appointed to create the future. To bring the unseen into the physical realm. To transcend and evolve our reality to a higher, and higher, and infinitely higher place according to our highest vision of our world at the moment (and the next moment, and the next, ad infinitum).

If you’re punching a clock, that’s fine. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. I do. There’s things we humans must do to feed our families. But that’s such a small part of what we are, it’s silly.

Although writing, painting, and underwater basket weaving are all beautiful things, the most important work of art is the life we live.

If we can realize our inherent creative capacities, we can bring that stuff into our work, no matter how menial.

Desire is good if we have the right perspective on it. Wanting is fine.

So want away. Want fully. Want unabashedly.

But be fully at peace with now.

All at the same time.


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