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In terms, desire (TR:287) (LH:15) (TL:302|#113) refers to []


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“Every society, great or small, resembles a complex molecule, in which the atoms are represented by men, possessed of all those multifarious attractions and repulsions which are manifested in their desires and volitions, the unlimited power of satisfying which we call freedom. The social molecule exists in virtue of the renunciation of more or less of this freedom by every individual. It is decomposed, when the attraction of desire leads to the resumption of that freedom the expression of which is essential to the existence of the social molecule. The great problem of social chemistry we call politics, is to discover what desires of mankind may be gratified, and what must be suppressed, if the highly complex compound, society, is to avoid decomposition.”
Thomas Huxley (1871), “Administrative Nihilism” (pg. 536)[1]
“You can ‘choose’ as you want, but your ‘wants’ are chosen for you. All the paths we take in our lives, every choice we make, is guided by our deepest desire. It’s pointless to fight this sense of want. It determines everyone of our actions, no matter how much difficult and unimaginable they seem.”
Jantje Friese (2020), Dark (S3E7) (character: H.G. Tannhaus) (40:20-41:33)[2]

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  1. (a) Huxley, Thomas. (1871). “Administrative Nihilism” (pg. 536), Fortnightly Review, Nov.
    (b) Huxley, Thomas. (1872). More Criticism on Darwin and Administrative Nihilism (pg. 75). Appleton.
  2. Friese, Jantje. (2020). Dark (S3E7) (character: H.G. Tannhaus) (40:20-41:33) (NF). Netflix.

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