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Each desire. . . causes us to act and think in ways that result in yet even more desires and cravings. Like a dog running after its own tail, cause and effect chase each other around in circles. "But," you may be asking, "don't we need to desire things?" It is certainly true that not all desires are equal in terms of how they create suffering. Some desires, of course, are simply a matter of preference that might not really make much of a difference. Wanting to paint your house pink instead of brown will not harm anyone-- except maybe the fashion police. And yes, there definitely are many good desires. For example, without the desire for food we would not stay alive. It is when our desire becomes an unquenchable craving or obsession, or causes us to do harm to ourselves or others, that it creates suffering and unhappiness. If you have ever been hurt because you tied your happiness or well-being to a person, place, opinion, self- identity, behavior, or goal, then you have firsthand experience of desire.

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