Have to, Need to, Want to

by Kale

I used to think that the desires of humans can only be one of two things: want or need. Those two, and nothing else.

However, as I continue to live and learn, I’ve come to realise that, as with many other things which people expect there to be only two things, there is a third kind: have.

This have doesn’t speak of ownership of a particular object. Otherwise, there wouldn’t exist any form of desire for such.

This have speaks of an external force compelling a person to do or obtain something. Which means, this is done mostly out of a lack of free will*.

On the other hand, those things that people want to do are motivated by internal desires. They are created and driven from within. They are rooted on free will*.

The needs are those which straddle the line between the have and the want. Needs speak of necessities which humans cannot live without: air, water, food…

Forget Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. In today’s world, this theory is arguably obsolete.

Needs are motivated by an internal compulsion. They are those which are done out of a force from within which compels a person to action. It is internal and yet it is a compulsion.

Ultimately, haves are those which a thinking person would never want to be subjected under for humans, throughout the ages, have shown that they always think as if the world should bend to their will. Or at least, that’s what thousands of years of history written with war in just about every page tells.

In the end, though, people are always compelled, unable to do anything besides what the world around them dictates. Most continue to live under the fantasy that they are personally responsible for all their actions and no one can tell them anything.

The fair few, the victorious, are those who have learnt to accept circumstance, known the words to make the rhyme, and danced to the song of the spirit of the world.

* Free will is, of course, as I have surmised is what we call this particular illusion. https://kairoskale.wordpress.com/2011/10/07/truth-simple-truth/