Originally Posted by Bruce Achterberg
I also believe it's quite possible for us to want something, think we know why we want it, and end up being pretty wrong. This is venturing into brain science territory
It sounds more like Buddhism to me.
Yes, our good old friend Gautama already explained it 2,500 years ago. Whatever we do, the ultimate underlying motivation is always the same - we are either striving for happiness, or striving to avoid suffering.
If you ever do anything and you think you want it for any reason OTHER than that, well, you are wrong. Whatever you do (whether you're buying a pillow or having sex or committing suicide), the ultimate underlying motivation is always the same.