on desire

Enoch challenged us to problematize desire. Is it possible that desire itself is an evolutionary cause? Did fish grow legs over millenia because of desire to leave the water? Or small mammals wings from desire to fly? Or humans consciousness out of desire to understand?
Here are some quick results of a google search:


Painless Civilization
: A Philosophical Critique of Desire (2003) by Masahiro Morioka
. The full text is still in translation, but the opening reads: “I would like to deliver this book to those who are in the midst of anxiety covered over with pleasure, in the midst of repetition without any joy, and in the midst of an endless labyrinth without exit, but are nevertheless willing to live their lives without regret in a corner of their minds.”
We were discussing repetition in class tonight in reference to Vasistha’s Yoga and life in general.
This book,
Philosophy of Desire in the Buddhist Pali Canon
is described as “addressing the idea of a paradox of desire, whereby we must desire to end desire, the varieties of desire that are articulated in the Pali texts are examined.”
This essay argues that desire has taken two predominant forms in the West: sex and power.
This looks interesting, someone’s compilation of musings on philosophy and desire, including a section on unconscious desires. If I’m not mistaken, he makes a similar argument to that which Enoch made: ‘ It seems, then, that even when we intensely desire things, the desires themselves are not making up consciousness. Instead, the desires cause other things

3 thoughts on “on desire”

  1. hmmm..some things come by accident..as with ice cream?
    out of desire? or both-desire and accident?? as with 3M post note?

  2. Some things do come by accident, and if they are deeply pleasurable, then they might qualify as aesthetic experiences. (More on this later, smile.)
    That kind of experience is not about desire, because it entails surprise, it is a gift that arrives unexpectedly, fulfilling a desire that was perhaps unrecognized or hitherto out-of-awareness. Not seen, not visible, not perceptible. (Briankle is the expert here, I’m paraphrasing bits of his lecture from this evening.)
    in re-reading my last comment above, though, I think its inaccurate to characterize the quote as representative of Enoch’s point, because he was clear in saying that he simply doesn’t know if desire is a priori to socialization and therefore “outside of consciousness”. We may be taught desire through all the linguistic, discursive, non-verbal and other communicative demands immediately imposed upon us at the moment of birth.

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