Unacted Desires

Discipline of restraint is an easy one; being clear-cut, negative, and usually based on some accepted cultural values.  Discipline of following your desires, always doing what you want to do, is the hardest.  It presupposes self-knowledge of motives, a careful balance of free action and where the cultural taboos lay – knowing whether a particular “desire” is instinctive, cultural, personal, a product of thought, contemplation or the unconscious.

-Gary Snyder


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