If it has a hole in its bottom, it matters little
the cup is half full or half empty. - Michael Armstrong
Not much need be said about this word or concept. It simply signifies
satisfaction. There are actually beautiful phrases in the scriptures that can
In referring to one's grain container being
filled for purchase:
"Shaken, pressed down, and overflowing".
And, "Eye hath not seen, ear hath not
Need is here simply being defined as that which is necessary for the
sustenance of life, and desire is being defined as that which is
necessary for the enhancement of life.
Human beings do NOT have needs and desires that are infinite, though
they be eternal. Our limited requirements of fulfillment CAN or COULD be satisfied. The problem
with our experienced reality now is that "our reach exceeds our grasp",
the limits of what is realistic are more narrow and constrictive
than the range of our needs and desires. That we can never be satisfied
is not a problem with our nature but with our current reality.
It is the increase of appetite and its fulfillment that is the prominent
cycle in our lives and that gives us much
pleasure and enjoyment. When the level of fulfillment is too low, we suffer
either physically or psychologically. How wonderful it would be to be
satisfied and not have to chase after and worry about getting the things
we want and need to sustain and enhance our lives, and to focus primarily
on the enhancement aspect.
Every human being has a natural, intrinsic and legitimate desire and need for
fulfillment. This SHOULD BE a foundational principle of every philosophy or