Stephen explores wanting:
Anticipating an imagined future
when we will finally be satisfied,
we wish away the present,
dissatisfied in every passing moment.
Reminiscing about an idealized past
when we had been happy,
we long to return to that time,
refusing to accept the current situation.
However, when we examine carefully,
we find that neither the past nor the future
hold any lasting satisfaction.
Their allure is exaggerated by the mind.
While actually living in the past,
we were miserable and couldn’t wait for the future.
Now the future has arrived
and we are dreaming of the past.
This unhappy state is complete insanity.
Never content, but constantly searching,
we are wandering hungry for satisfaction;
only even more discontent.