the simple life

Writing Prompt: All or Nothing?

“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?

I believe they are both dangerous to a certain degree depending on how extreme the desires. Still, it is always more dangerous when one wants everything. Wanting everything is an incredible waste of energy given that it is not possible to have or get everything one wants. The danger comes when the thing wanted is not attainable, or only attainable through certain means that might be inaccessible to the person. Maybe they don’t have enough money or don’t move in the circles where the thing they want exists. What will they then do to get what they want? Wanting too much is a dangerous way to live given that serious emotional and mental trauma can occur when the thing wanted cannot be easily obtained. Other people can become adversely affected by a person who wants everything by straining relationships, increasing the potential desire to steal from others, and always craving that which is extremely difficult for them to obtain.

I try to live a simple life so that the desire to want more than I need never creeps in.

One comment

  1. Minimalism brings peace of mind. Some people have everything (material) yet nothing in terms of meeting their spiritual needs. As I get older and hopefully wiser my soul/spirit has taken priority over the world. After all as we’ve all heard it said, You can’t take it with you!

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