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A squirrel needs to eat. It is led by its body’s hormonal system. The squirrel will look for the known sources, including the places where it stored food before.
Then there is that mental connection: thought tells the squirrel about those delicious hazelnuts.
But it doesn’t find them: frustration.
It finds beech nuts till satisfaction.
But the memory of eating hazelnuts lingers: Squirrel got desire.
It sees another squirrel eating hazelnuts. “I really want this!” it thinks …
Now what? Conflict? Fight? Yes fight!
Another frustration: the taste is not as good as memory told it would be.
The mental connection leads to a desire:
getting what we have liked in the past,
desiring what we could like now or in the near future (advertising).
The opposite: avoiding bad personal and/or projected experiences.
In the end mind wants the memory of experiences to be reliable.
But memory is not reliable and deforms past experiences.
Reality is ‘not reliable’, it changes all the time.
The desire for predictability is the mother of all desires.
Desire for permanence
always leads to frustration
and to limited experiencing.
What to do?
Small desires can be forgotten.
Bigger desires might have to be followed,
to learn the lesson of eventual frustration.