Session 5 - Man Must Invert His Will into Working for the Benefit of Others
Now we arrive at the question, "What should change within us to be more in congruence with Nature?" When we are in balance with Nature, we are in a beautiful, good, and comfortable situation, feeling no pressure from Nature. But when Nature presses us, it is expressed in different problems—severe weather, earthquakes, diseases, wars, divorce, and other epidemics. So again, what should we change within us to achieve balance?×
The search for the answer to that question leads us into the study of human nature. Human nature is a desire to live, to feel good, and to enjoy. Meaning, I constantly want to satisfy something within me which is called "desire." When I want to rest, I want to satisfy a desire for rest. When I want to eat, I want to satisfy a desire for food, and so on.
All human desires divide into several basic types: food, sex, family, money, respect, power, and knowledge. All the other desires are actually "sub-desires" within those basic types.
If I understand that I have no alternative and that it's in my interest and in the interest of all of humanity to bond with others through these desires, so we are all in congruence with the force of Nature, that singular law, then of course I have to correct every desire in me so that it acts in connection with and for the benefit of others. All these desires together are generally called "the desire to enjoy," a desire to be satisfied, to be fulfilled.
I must therefore aim these desires so they are for everyone's benefit. If I try to satisfy only my own desire, then it is considered an egoistic desire. If I aim each of my desires so they benefit all of us together, meaning when I receive for everyone's benefit because there is no other choice sincewe are all like a single family, then I must take everyone into account and think of all as one, like that singular law that is compelling me. Therefore, I must aim each desire within me toward everyone's benefit. The question is, "How should that be done?"
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We need to direct our desire to enjoy so that it will work for the good benefit of all.
- Human nature is a desire for pleasure, the desire to enjoy.
- The desire for pleasure is usually found in a relatively empty state.
- The desires are divided into several basic types.
- In order to have pleasure that is balanced with nature, it is up to us to repair our egoistic desire.
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