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The desire to harm, a motivation for conduct

I believe that a very large portion of the things that the vast majority of people do every day are motivated by one of the following:

1) Sexual desire (or sexual interest) or desire for some other type of pleasure (food, music, etc.)

2) Greed (desire to extract money from someone) or desire for material things

3) The desire to harm (due to anger, malice, envy, jealousy, dislike, resentment, etc.)

I believe that one or more of the above three play a big part in the behavior and conduct of most people. With regard to greed, the world is filled with ripoff artists who live by plundering others. In regard to the desire to harm, a great many people carry within themselves feelings of dislike, anger, malice, envy, jealousy, resentment, etc. that causes them to not miss any opportunity to do harm to the object of their dislike, whether it is by speaking badly of them or whatever. They gain a pleasure from doing harm to the object of their dislike. They carry a wish to do him bad, and don’t miss an opportunity to do it.

Most people act from feeling, impulse and desire rather than reason. They do according to what gives them pleasure rather than doing what reason or conscience would dictate.

Jesus told us to put away hatred, resentment, envy, jealousy, etc. To get rid of them. To treat all people charitably and well. But few people follow his teachings. Few do it. An important key to personal happiness lies in following the teachings of Jesus in regard to this.

June 2014

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