Category: On Wishes and Things That Grant Them

On the first dawn of your life, you get a wish. It takes an average of sixty days from their original birth at seven months before a human baby forgets to wish that they were still in the womb and opts to wish for something else, like superpowers or a just society or a new edition of their favorite baby game. Sadly a baby’s concept of justice is unformed and does not often contribute functionally to the advancement of the world, whereas such superpowers as mobility, speech, and the ability to shoot lasers out of their eyes take years or even decades to fully manifest. This is the concept the Buddha named “Dukkha,” or suffering; we have made the world as we have wished it, but our wishes are ill-formed things that do not satisfy our heart.