Why Desire Limits our Creative Ability

Not sure if anybody has ever considered the etymological breakdown of “desire” before, but it means to limit and govern creativity and sovereignty. “de-“ means to remove or negate, while “sire” means to beget or to bring into being. Kings would be called “Sire” as a term referring to “my LORD”, as a King was considered to have the right to rule his people as a father had the right to rule his children (this was known as the divine right of kings); a father is a parent, and parents create children. Rather than using desire for the things we want, we just call it “the wanted”, as this allows us to want things without casting spells with our speech that would otherwise limit our ability to create them for ourselves.


a prefix occurring in loanwords from Latin (decide); also used to indicate privation, removal, and separation (dehumidify), negation (demerit; derange), descent (degrade; deduce), reversal (detract), intensity (decompound). Source: Dictionary.com

sire – verb

1 : BEGET —used especially of male domestic animals
2 : to bring into being : ORIGINATE

sire – noun

barchaic male ancestor FOREFATHER
2a archaic a man of rank or authorityespecially LORDused formerly as a form of address and as a title
b obsolete an elderly man SENIOR
3the male parent of an animal and especially of a domestic animal
~Source: Meriam-Webster Dictionary

There’s a cart and horse issue that often gets confused between wants and desires. When principles are placed before our wants, it is pure, but when wants are placed before principles, then we get “desire”—the negation of creativity. This is why we make the distinction between selfishness, which is essentially greed and lust, and principled selfishness, which is abundance and satisfaction. When principled, our drives never harm another person, and therefore we thrive without it being at the expense of others. This is the difference between an abundant worldview and a zero-sum worldview.

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