Friday, November 15, 2019

human desire

Human desire differs from animal desire in that it is at root insatiable. 

Man is characterized by a hunger for the infinite, for an eternity of life, 
love and joy which, whether he knows it or not, can be nothing other than God.
 Assuming that God exists, it will follow that God is man's true end,
 for the appetite of a living organism shows its function. 

The stomach hungers for food because it's function is to digest food. 
As physical taste and hunger may often be mistaken as to their true object, 
desiring nothing but caviar instead of a balanced diet, 
man is often mistaken as to the goal of his life, desiring wealth,
 power or physical pleasure instead of God. But his real appetite
 continues to be God, for which these lesser goals are always
 unsatisfactory substitutes. 

Those who set their hearts on finite goals are always discontented; 
they must always have more and more and more of what they desire, 
and failing this are frustrated and miserable. Profound contentment
 is only enjoyed by animals and primitives, in which infinite hunger
 has not been awakened, and by the saints and mystics 
who have realized union with God.

- Alan Watts
from Behold the Spirit: A Study in the Necessity of Mystical Religion


Mystic Meandering said...

"Our *real* appetite/hunger is for 'God.'" (as one understands "God"). The deepest longing of the Heart is for "God" - at least in my experience. "God" calling ItSelf back to ItSelf. Am forever grateful that the longing continues to be there... continues to draw me inward to the "God-space."

Dean Keller said...

Well said! thanks