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On Have/Do/Be

There are two generalized ways in which we can view life: 1) Have/Do/Be: If I could have X, I could do Y, then I would be Z (happy, at peace, more loveable). 2) Be/Do/Have: If I could be X (the kind of person I talk about being), I could do Y (apply my energy and talent in a way that had meaning), which would allow me to have Z (the satisfaction, meaning, peace I want). The flaw in have/do/be is that the need itself, not the result, is the driving force. So, no matter how much we “have,” we always “need” even more; thus, we’re never fulfilled.


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