This post is in response the the daily prompt “All or Nothing“
“Perhaps when we find ourselves wanting everything, it is because we are dangerously close to wanting nothing.” — Sylvia Plath
Which do you find more dangerous: wanting nothing, or wanting everything?
First off I think it depends on the reasoning behind wanting nothing or everything. Secondly I think it depends on what kind of everything or nothing we are talking about. Is this in regards to materialism? or something more abstract?
Is the desire for nothing or everything to give off a certain impression? I think some people feel this way. The more things they own the more they are affirmed in their wealth and superiority. On the flip side, wanting nothing can also be for impressions as you show the world that you are above materialism. But the reasons in both cases are not good and become dangerous since both will bring one to judge others based on how much they want or don’t want things.
The problem is that these are both extremes. I think wanting nothing (in a materialistic sense) can free you up for experiences and to do things that matter. You don’t have to focus on your material possessions or trying to attain them.
When you have everything does everything mean nothing? If you have everything can you really treasure it all? And if you have nothing do you really have everything?
If I had to choose I would say wanting everything is more dangerous. If it becomes your driving force in life to attain everything (which is unfeasible) you will burn out, your purpose will be based on material items, and if you are unable to attain everything it could be equated with failure which would destroy your sense of self.