Spanish Federico García Lorca’s passionate book “Blood Wedding and Yerma“, he wrote, “To burn with desire and keep quiet about it is the greatest punishment we can bring on ourselves.”
It is true that someone said that the world is little, people are little, so is human life. The only one big thing is our DESIRE. That strong feeling of wanting to have something or someone and wishing for something to happen.
George Bernard Shaw put it so succinctly about desire. “There are two tragedies in life. One is to lose your heart’s desire. The other is to gain it.”
But in the the teachings of Buddhism, desire or craving is said to be the cause of all suffering. To its believers, it is only by getting rid of desire or wanting, then only a person can achieve ultimate happiness, or what what they call Nirvana.
When we talk about desire, the very thing that springs to mind is both romantic and sexual desire. Imaginations and fantasies play a big part in this aspect. Another word which is associated with this kind of strong longing is temptation.
Long ago English philosopher Thomas Hobbes had said that our desire is the fundamental motivation of all our action.