I think a lot about the place of desire. An incorrect relationship to desire, I believe, has got us in this mess. Certainly an incorrect relationship to desire has often got me in a mess!
On the other hand, I don't believe desires are meant to be eradicated. Desires are part of the grand scheme.
The problem comes, however, when mistake desires for the grand scheme. As though desires are the be all and end all. They are not. They are indeed part of the grand scheme. But they are only a part.
The middle way, I think--the challenge--is to find a way to align our desires with the needs of the world. So that the two come together.
If we can do this, then we help ourselves to help the world and help the world to help ourselves.
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