Wanting Lack

Dear Rich, if life is a virtual experience, why wouldn’t I simply wish everything I wanted into the world?

Let’s think about the game of Minecraft for a minute. If I’m in survival mode (with cheats enabled), I could use a slash-command to give myself 1000 blocks of iron and create all the iron tools I ever wanted — and while I’m at it, I might as well give myself 1000 blocks of wood planks. And you know what, instead of digging, I might as well use the fill command to excavate a huge cave for my new dwelling. Ooh, and I should give myself 1000 cakes too.

So in this scenario, I can type in a few commands and have everything at my finger tips. I probably wouldn’t bother to mine for resources or explore caves. This abundance might just rob me of a good time. Because, although we don’t think of it like this, we’re often entertained by limitations. Limits are what we go against whenever we challenge ourselves. Without finish-lines or structure, there’s no race to run, no feat to beat.

While it’s true that a virtual realm requires no true equilibrium, the players themselves require it. In other words, within a computer generated world, there is no real physical balance that must be maintained, yet participants must be provided fulfilling activities that evoke engagement. If everything is freely and easily obtained, activities might dissolve into pointlessness — and so, challenges and limitations are regularly introduced to stave-off boredom.

Therefore, it makes sense that a wizard-like being would purposely limit his power, preventing himself from magically fulfilling wishes. But, that’s only one side of the coin. In some scenarios, it does make sense to invoke near-limitless power. Let’s think about Minecraft again. If I’m in creative mode, where resources are unlimited, engagement through creativity can certainly serve as ample entertainment. The caveat being, that I must rely on my creativity to carry me through.

So dear reader, you should only wish into existence what you can handle. Lack is oftentimes captivating when we lack creativity.


Lightly Vexed

An excerpt from the fictional tales of The Daily Beacon.

Dear Rich, I’m slightly annoyed at life right now because I’m not getting what I want.

Dear Reader, that’s great! It means you’ve been enticed. You’re like a little fishy nibbling after a sparkling lure — life is attempting to capture your attention. But this is a condition to be celebrated, not lamented.

Imagine never wanting anything, what a dull life that’d be. You’d just kinda sit there, not doing much at all. You know those times when you’re bored and can’t think of anything to do? It’d be like that, but you’d be perpetually unable think of something to do because you never want anything.

Or think of it this way, imagine you receive everything you want immediately. You’d just keep on moving to the next want. Want after want after want after want. Seems pretty hectic doesn’t it? Fulfilling a want has never ultimately satisfied you, has it? No, after every achievement the process begins anew.

So life has done something nice and you don’t even appreciate it. Life provides you with something interesting to think about in the form of a pursuit. Then life is thoughtful enough to set a relaxed pace for attainment. What’s your rush? If efficiency was life’s goal, we’d simply expire the day we’re born.

So relax, take a deep breath, and settle in for the long haul. Realize that anticipation is a pleasant feeling — if done right, it’s the most enjoyable part of the pursuit — it’s the time when you’re most excited and optimistic. So for enjoyment’s sake, just believe with certainty you’ll get what you want — and let those happy feelings flow.

Wantful Ways

Have you ever not wanted anything? Some would say that’s called satisfaction. Nope, it’s called boredom. Want is what provides the zest for life. To be without desire is to be dead. Want is the motivator that beckons us to engage.

Want is demonized so often due to a warped perspective of the world. Want is less a requisite and more a suggestion. It’s an activity planner, setting our agenda through life. Whether we attain the object of our desire is of no real concern because our fundamental goal is participation.

Want itself is not the problem, obsession towards want is what leads to trouble. We must not ultimately care about whether a want is achieved because another want is waiting around the corner. When we fulfill a desire another appears in its place. This is not a treadmill of frustration, it’s for our benefit, to alleviate apathy.

Anticipation is one of the greatest feelings we can experience — and want is what provides this opportunity. Do not lament lack, embrace it as encouragement to move. Without such stings we would be still as stones. Satisfaction is the appreciation of want, not the absence of it.

Nebulous Gap

A want appears within our thoughts. Some nebulous gap separates that want from its fruition. Why does the gap exist? And what steps are necessary to close the gap and fulfill the want?

Imagine a world in which there were no gaps. Whatever it is we wished immediately manifested. The world would quickly fill with junk we barely wanted. Instead, the world limits what we bring into existence by way of intensity-of-want. How passionately we desire determines what comes into being and how long it stays.

The gap is nebulous because the world isn’t as concrete as it portrays itself. No physical steps are necessary to get from point A to B. The gap between points is filled with whatever path we expect. If we expect a long stressful struggle to be part of attainment, then it will be. Our imagination forms the path we follow.

To get the want, want without worry — don’t self-sabotage. Fearing the fruition of a want is common, but that hesitation in itself becomes a new want overriding the initial want. To obtain a want, dismantle ideas that obstruct.

Wants are not fulfilled by physical means. This would require random synchronization to be a regular occurrence. Which is more absurd, that the world is one big accident filled with an infinite number of strangely synchronizing smaller accidents or that the world is a deliberate mirage shaped by intent?

The world is not obvious in its ways, its mechanisms are obfuscated on purpose. Would we rather stare at the internal components of a TV or look at its glowing screen? For the most part, life just works. We receive what we really want. Yet sometimes we despair when we can’t bear the gap.

But that gap is by design. Anticipation is a true joy of life. Fun can be had deliberating and defining the things we desire. And when we’re ready, when we’ve removed every barrier, we close the gap and the want is satisfied.

But by closing one gap, another rips open. This is the never-ending cycle of want. But if we look at fulfillment lightheartedly, we can enjoy this never-ending todo list. What would existence be without the feeling that something must get done? Contentment comes from following the trail of wants without obsession.

Wanting More

Want is what captivates us, binding us to this physical world. Without want, we wouldn’t care, we’d drift through existence completely unattached. We’d see life as fundamentally futile, not worth the effort. Want is the glue that sticks us to the path we follow.

Therefore, our goal is not to remove want, we want to want. A life without want is a boring story. Misconstrued, many assume want causes suffering from lack of fulfillment. But this is a misunderstanding, as want is the very thing that creates a worthwhile experience on earth.

Want is what beguiles us into believing a hair-covered clump of cells is a desirable thing to hold. Want is what designs our daily activities and our longterm dreams. Want is what makes food so savory and drink so quenching. Anticipation from want is the greatest feeling we know.

Satisfaction comes from realizing and appreciating the beneficial role want plays in our life. From that perspective, we can allow ourselves to savor the chase, have patience, and realize actual attainment is not what we’re really after.

Wanting Want

Life doesn’t simply give us what we want, nor would we like it to. Life without resistance or challenge is boredom. As the theme goes, the girl doesn’t like the boy that dotes on her, she likes the one that ignores her. Ultimately, people don’t enjoy when things come easily or meet every expectation.

The games we play test our abilities. The plots we adore present the unexpected. Those we love incite our passions. If you want something that’s unattainable, realize that your strength of want is tied to this inability of attainment. Desire is directly related to ease of procurement — if it’s already in your hand, then there’s no burning sensation of need.

And once grasped, the goal is gone. What use is a game that’s easily mastered? What thrill exists in a plot that’s transparent? What bonds persist in a relationship lacking shared struggle? The thing you want is valuable precisely because you can’t have it. Therefore, do not lament your want, but savor it, as it’s the foundation of everything you love.

Satisfaction is not about removing want, but appreciating want. Want is what drives us through life. Want is what pulls us to those we care about. Want is why we care in the first place. Without want, life is a series of meaningless circumstances amongst acquaintances. It’s not the fulfillment of dreams that makes life worthwhile, it’s want itself that captivates us into living our lives.