Mr McCormack, one of the many English teachers that passed through our school was wont to pass on pearls of wisdom to the motley crew of 11 year old schoolboys that made up his class. One of them was “The two most important words in the English language are ‘Subjective’ and ‘Objective’”. His other significant act in shaping the consciousness of the class was to give them George Orwell’s “1984” as their first class text. Our English teachers generally lasted only one term so in no time he was gone. I had no real idea what he was getting at but I did know somehow that what he was saying was true. Our English teachers always spoke the truth which is perhaps why they only ever lasted a single term. Total commitment to truth is not a good career move in most educational establishments, then or now.
The “wanting of things” has its root in the sense of existence. I exist therefore I want. In fact if we can go back to the seat of our existence we can radically change our “wants” and therefore the sort of society we live in.
In the cosmological sense there is no external world as such that we refer to as the objective world; only the objects that manifest in the relative world that we inhabit through the experience of individuality. It is for instance a complete fiction to attempt to establish the “facts of the case”, taking facts as elements of the objective world which have their own independent bounded existence that can be tabulated and proven scientifically.
When we see something and “want” it then we desire that it become “mine” by which we really mean it becomes “me”. This is what we use to demonstrate to ourselves that we really do exist. To “want” something is to will it into existence by investing it with consciousness. The degree to which it achieves existence is merely a measure of the force of that will. In the Human Comedy this is how we enjoy ourselves; we create objects that we may enjoy them.