Hunger

What meaning do we derive from life? Do we see it as a course of attaining our desires? Or is it a path to perfection?

I see hundreds of people in the world running around to get what they want…let it be happiness or material things; they’re all concerned about getting their wishes fulfilled. But many a times this urge crosses the line between wanting and lusting. Yes, Lust for happiness, hunger for money, the craving for power….

I know that ‘lust’ is usually used in a pervert meaning but I use it here to define a Want with a Negative Connotation. That’s where many of us cross the line between ‘wanting something’ and ‘obsessing about something’.

This ‘Lust’ is evident, presenting itself in different disguises ubiquitously. Display of this hunger can be observed if we just look at the camouflage of others and ourselves for that matter…

I saw it in the brothers fighting for inheritance.

Noticed the how cautiously the children divided jewelry of their ‘Late Mother’. Everything was right except the hunger, corroborated in their gestures!

Isn’t it discernible in the pejorative comments of a politician about a party which he joins a few days later? Sadly these ministers don’t even bother to hide their yearnings!

Love is the weapon used commonly for this concealment….It was there masked as love, when a mother tried to avoid the marriage of his son with the fear of losing him.

Marriage for the sake of beauty, money or sheer attractiveness…it’s the marriage of desire not of emotions.

The presence of envy in the gaze of a sister! The jealousy secretly sneaks out from the corner of her eyes when she adores her gorgeous sister.

I saw it when a priest said he was devoid of the worldly desires while grabbing the meaty delights presented to him.

Its everywhere, in me, in you and in all of us though the quantities may differ.

I don’t say that ‘Wanting’ or ‘Desiring’ is a sin in itself. But perhaps the moment you start concealing your hidden motives from the world, you’re crossing the line between ‘hunger’ and ‘aspiration’!

 

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  1. You have written a very thoughtful and eye opening article which not everybody will be able to comprehend when it is read for the first time.

    See the classic example that you have mentioned about is a priest. They are not allowed to marry and sire any children unless of course born out of wedlock. The key thing that you have highlighted is ‘lust’ which a priest cannot avoid because as you would have read about the number of cases of sexual abuses involving the Church in the USA,Australia and many other countries!

    Their hidden lust and a veil is put over it to hide their true intentions. It results in what I mentioned above. Lust as you have said has many different scenarios for example A latest smartphone released would be sought over by anybody who can afford it and boast about the fact that he/she bought it first!

    I think lust can have any more diversifications and your piece has highlighted the common one’s in society and did an excellent job. Keep it up Anam. Your articles are a breath of fresh air.

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