No one actually wants to know the truth. For most of the world, the only pursuit they follow is that of contentment. Given this, it is interesting how there is so much discontent.
Is it that they are following after the wrong things? Well, usually whatever they search out for they do get.
Things are the easiest thing to obtain. It is a simple algorithm in the algebraic sense: want = get, you just have to solve for the variables. There must be something missing though.
You can ask the question “what do you want?” but no matter what answer you’ll give to that question, it will always be inadequate.
The truth of the matter is…
You don’t want anything.
There is nothing that you actually want besides that which keeps the body functioning. Food to keep the body nourished, and water to keep the cells hydrated.
This even negates the “clothing” and “shelter” from the “food, clothing, and shelter” list that we learned in grade school.
Food, and wholesome and nourishing food at that, are eaten in order to keep the body functioning at its best. Not too much spice, not too much sugar, not too processed and refined.
The body doesn’t even “want” food, since the corporeal body has no way of “knowing” it is hungry; if food is provided, all is well, if food is not provided, you “think” that chemicals are being sent to the brain acknowledging this fact; what is truly happening is the mind is translating pure chemical processes into emotion and thought
This process is much subtler in animals since they have do not have such an erudite consciousness as we. They are essentially just one big “body” that is almost entirely reflexive in following what the body needs and doesn’t need without stopping to think too long on decisions.
All of your supposed “wants” are the diseased outgrowths of the “food, clothing, shelter” needs.
The real “you” is outside of all desires. Learn to pay attention to all of the bodies processes that you have grown blind to by following the desires of the mind rather than the realities of the body.
Eat when you are hungry, drink when you are thirsty; and not a moment sooner.