There are essentially
two types of things in our lives - things that we want
and things that we need
Here are the five basic needs
for life -
So what's everything else? A luxury
. We desire luxuries. The five basic needs are things we will always
want and desire, whether
we have them at the time
Luxuries are things that you can do without, and only come to want
once your basic needs are satisfied.
The problem is, once you have something, it becomes accepted
into your environment
. It no longer seems like such a novelty
or such a cool
thing. You want
the next best thing. This is one of the effects of living in the Western world
- wants can often seem like needs.
So, once you have something, is it as fun as wanting
it? It can
be. But you're more likely to derive
enjoyment from really looking forward to having that object, and once you have it you'll derive your enjoyment
from wanting the next best thing.
It's a right rum paradox
, is this one.