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#sufficiency #choice #conformity ✱ Luke Burgis

wanting what we already have

“People take vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience—even of silence—by choice … The weasel lives in necessity and we live in choice, hating necessity and dying at the last ignobly in its talons.” Teaching a Stone to Talk: Expeditions and Encounters, Annie Dillard

Our choice is to yield to the mimetic forces making claims on our desire at every moment or to yield to the freedom of our single greatest desire: doing the one thing that we were made to do, all of the time, over and over and over again, until we’ve developed a desire thick enough to stake our life on. In the meantime, and probably at all times, we have something warm to sink our teeth into: wanting what we already have