Why “desire” destroys our world.

One way to make the world better is to recognize how much suffering “desire” creates in the world. Yet we are taught to desire every moment of our lives in our consumerist world. Here is a quote from Osho which I took out of Edwards and Cromwell 2009 Newspeak in the 21st century 249-250 which encapsulates how desire destroys us and makes us destroy others multiple times every day:

“Every desire brings down misery. You are passing down the road and you see a beautiful car just passing by —-a flash — and a desire arises to possess this car. Nowyou become miserable. Just a moment before you were perfectly okay, there was no misery, and here this car passes and misery arises. Buddha says, ‘Watch.’ Just a moment before, you were humming a song and going for a morning walk, and everything was beautiful. You were in a poetic world full of joy and verve and gusto, and you were juicy and you were part of this beautiful morning. Everything was simply just as it should be … And here comes a car … Just watch, Buddha says, just watch. Stand by the side of the road and watch — what has just happened? Just a small desire arising and you are thrown into hell, and you were almost in heaven. You can change heaven to hell so many times in 24 hours, and you don’t watch ” (Osho 2007. The Buddha Said Watkins Publishing p 418).

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I am an anthropologist and Associate Professor who loves to play guitar and comment on social injustice in whatever form it may take
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