Life is not easy and anyone who tells you otherwise is lying or has never put forth much effort.
It is my belief that the real struggle in life isn’t against getting ahead or finding success. Our struggle isn’t against the system or against other people. Our struggle isn’t even against ourselves. Humanity’s struggle is one against desire; we want more-more money, more recognition, more love, more friends, more promotions, more stuff.
More, more, more. If it exists, then we want it.
Desire is the root cause of all evil
Some would argue that this quote is better translated as “craving is the root of all suffering” which says what I believe to be the essence of the statement. The undisciplined mind will focus on that which it does not possess and will crave those things leaving us wanting. And it is this disconnect and discontent that creates in us feelings of inadequacy. Buddha realized this and warned us to put off craving for material possessions.
I believe Jesus had a similar belief in the struggle against desire and human nature.
If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.
Jesus of Nazareth
Whereas Buddha was referencing more the struggle here on Earth, Jesus was taking the concept one step further when he begins to speak of the spiritual nature of life. Nonetheless, there is still a clear statement that perfection or contentment comes when human beings realize that separation from the desire to possess is necessary.
Do you realize this essential principle? Do you understand that 100% of your struggles relate to your desire to possess things which you don’t currently have? Do you recognize this truth and are you willing to separate from craving in order to become content with the person you are right now? Are you willing to accept yourself with all of your flaws and deficiencies?
It is my belief that until each person comes to terms with desire and craving that he/she will never be truly content.