All or Nothing? but there lies the truth…

“Perhaps when we find ourselves wanting everything, it is because we are dangerously close to wanting nothing.” — Sylvia Plath

Which do you find more dangerous: wanting nothing, or wanting everything?

Seriously, my answer to this would be… wanting.

The first few words of a child would be, “I want!” without coaching or coaxing. It can be heard loudly and ever so often when children are faced with ice cream, candy or toys. Of course these items will change as they grow older and they would want other stuff which includes living things as well.

It is not what you want that can be dangerous but why you want it. If someone wants nothing, there must be a reason, likewise someone who wants everything. It is the reason behind these wants that will give the measure of danger or threat, if any.

This want is not referring to want of basic necessities like food or water for survival, it is with reference to having aspirations and purpose in life. So wanting in itself is dangerous when there is no direction or purpose as it would just meet the basic physiological needs, a mere existence. So you can want everything or nothing but without a purpose that goes beyond mere existence, it is pointless.


All or Nothing? – DP


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