To Want or Not to Want

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? ~ The Daily Post


Tell me what you think, is it possible to want everything or to want nothing?

If I said that I wanted everything would that make me greedy? If I were to get everything I wanted would I run out of things to want and therefore, want nothing?

If I wanted everything would that mean what I really want is not really ‘everything’ at all? What if I did get everything would that also mean all my deep inner needs would be obtained? Therefore, I would now want for nothing?

If I were to tell you that I wanted nothing, would you believe me? How can a person today not want something? Don’t we need to want for food and water in order to survive?

But if I had wanted everything and got everything, would there be nothing left to want? Would I then want for nothing?

What if I didn’t have much yet said I wanted nothing, would that mean I am happy with what I have? Or would you think me depressed and suicidal?

Is it even possible to not want anything at all?

Where do you think the danger lies? Or should Sylvia Plath keep her secret?












10 thoughts on “To Want or Not to Want

  1. These are actually some of the questions going through my mind when i saw the prompt. Reading this was like having a discussion with ‘me’ 🙂 . I believe the danger lies in both either way.

    • Yes, I believe you are right about that. I learned after I wrote this that Sylvia Plath committed suicide many years ago. That puts this quote in a new light. (Or darkness). Funny thing is as I was writing this post, my daughter-in-law was texting me and she didn’t know I was writing on this prompt. One of her texts said, “I think it is important that we know what we want and what we don’t want.” LOL! Coincidence?

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