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Why do we hang on to what we want than what we need?

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Maybe want can be a need...sometimes...idk.

Willie B. good Profile
Willie B. good answered

 Because we live in a materialistic Society, we are exposed to ads all day long that tell us what we need to have to be healthy, happy and successful. This can make it easy to accumulate all sorts of stuff we don't really need and difficult to get rid of .

Don Barzini Profile
Don Barzini answered

We who?

Attaining what we desire can be more rewarding than just getting what we need. Recognize the next level of existence beyond mere survival is the pursuit of happiness. The tokens of our quest for our happiness can carry great personal value, and recall fond memories.

When all is said and done, we have only the trove of our memories. Who’s to say this isn’t a need also?

Tom  Jackson Profile
Tom Jackson answered

As Tonto once said to the Lone Ranger, "What you mean "we", Kemo Sabe?" (a sentiment now echoed by Don Barzini).

Each of us has the right to define for ourselves what our needs and our wants are.

And our happiness depends on categorizing each properly on a sound philosophical basis and continuing to evaluate those categorizations to match what is "true" as we live and grow.

(Interesting trivia:  In Navajo, on the other hand, “kemosabe” translates as “soggy shrub.” If this seems an odd thing for faithful friend Tonto to call the Lone Ranger, perhaps he was just repaying the Ranger's long-standing insult. “Tonto,” after all, is a Spanish word meaning “stupid.”

www.word-detective.com/2011/07/kemosabe/  )

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