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Summary: We all have wants and desires beyond our material needs. But what is the source of these wants and desires is an enigma. Source of these wants and desires is traced to universal instincts to ...

Summary: We all have wants and desires beyond our material needs. But what is the source of these wants and desires is an enigma. Source of these wants and desires is traced to universal instincts to exist, evolve and diversify. The need to regulate the same is emphasized.

Author: Dr Mahesh C. Jain is a practicing medical doctor has written the book “Encounter of Science with Philosophy – A synthetic view”. The book begins with first chapter devoted to scientifically valid concept of God and then explains cosmic phenomena right from origin of nature and universe up to origin of life and evolution of man. The book includes several chapters devoted to auxiliary concepts and social sciences as corollaries to the concept of God. This article is inspired by author’s understanding of nature.
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    • What is the origin of wants and desires?Summary: We all have wants and desires beyond our material needs. But what isthe source of these wants and desires is an enigma. Source of these wants anddesires is traced to universal instincts to exist, evolve and diversify. The need toregulate the same is emphasized.Have you ever wondered, why at all do we have wants and desires in the absenceof any material need? Why can’t we sit idle with all our biological needs satiated?Why at all I am writing this article? Why don’t we ever want to leave this worlddespite all the hardship we may be facing in this world? Why do we want toprogress from one pillar of strength to another? Why the stronger we are, greateris the desire to progress? Why does the rich say that one doesn’t really haveenough money? Why rich wants to get richer? Why wise wants to get wiser? Whymen of knowledge are haunted by their ignorance and want to know more? Whywomen are never satiated by their wardrobe and their beauty? Why does theman in authority ever crave for more authority? Why do people climb mountainsand indulge in other adventurous acts? Why do we listen to music when it hasnothing to do with our biological needs? Why do we want to keep our emotionalrelations? Why parents worry about their children and why children want to growbigger?This can go on and on but for the sake of brevity it may be stated that the keyissues are why we want to keep existence, why do we want to progress in life andwhy do we seek variety and change despite there being no material need?Alternatively, why do we want to progress along our chosen line of naturalprogression?We all have biological needs, being living organisms. We all have emotional andintellectual needs for being humans possessed with self awareness or voluntaryconsciousness. But we still have wants and desire much beyond our needs.Alexander the great wanted to rule the world and Nero wanted to see burningRome. This is despite the fact that we are born perfect of our type since this is themandatory precondition to our existence. The Darwinian notion of imperfect
    • forms trying to perfect themselves is absolutely and totally wrong. Therefore, solong as we are able keep our existence our needs must stand more or lesssatisfied. A Kollicker in 1864 has rightly stated that each animal suffices for itsown ends, is perfect of its kind, and needs no further development. A Kollickerhas further stated “Assuredly, every organ has and every organism fulfills, its end,but its purpose is not the condition of its existence. Every organism is alsosufficiently perfect for the purpose it serves, and in that it is useless to seek for acause of its improvement.To find answer to the question paused in this article, let us travel backward intime when there was no universe, not even time and space existed then. Thereexisted only null (zero or nothing) and not even void (space) but even this null wasin a state of dynamic equilibrium with ‘change’ as its inherent property. So wehad an ever-changing/ever-oscillating null that was perfect of its type. There wasnothing to challenge its existence. Yet within this null existed besides universalinstinct to exist, universal instinct to evolve and diversify. All its descendentscarried its spirit and hence were endowed with universal instinct to exist, evolveand seek variety or diversity.These three universal instincts are trans-hierarchically valid principles of nature,valid across the natural hierarchy. Universal instinct to exist operates as a matterof law but universal instinct to evolve and diversify being subject to constraineddevelopment do not operate as a matter of law. In real world variable expressionof these instincts is seen along different lines of progression.Our wants and desires have their origin in innate nature of universe. Our needscan only partly account for our wants and desires. Hence our wants and desiresmay not always be grounded in necessity. But keeping in view range and reach ofhuman wants and desires, to prevent consequential self destructive conflict ofinterests, regulation of human wants and desires is mandatory so as to keepdynamic equilibrium of both – nature as well as human society.Author: Dr Mahesh C. Jain is a practicing medical doctor has written the book“Encounter of Science with Philosophy – A synthetic view”. The book begins withfirst chapter devoted to scientifically valid concept of God and then explains
    • cosmic phenomena right from origin of nature and universe up to origin of lifeand evolution of man. The book includes several chapters devoted to auxiliaryconcepts and social sciences as corollaries to the concept of God. This article isinspired by author’s understanding of nature.Visit:http:// www.sciencengod.com http://www.sciencengod.com/clipboard.htm