How I Found Freedom In An Unfree World

by Harry Browne

[Page 82] " … Only when an individual gives up something he has in exchange can you know how much he values the thing he says he desires.

"Human wants are limitless. We each want a multitude of things—far more than we could ever obtain with our limited resources. So to state a desire for something doesn't specify how much that thing is desired by the individual. Only when he offers to give up something in order to get it do we know how much he values it."

"Our life experience teaches us that we have unlimited desires—and only limited resources to satisfy them. This is the primary reason there is no way to completely satisfy all our desires and therefore avoid suffering. That is the subject of Kabbalah. Kabbalah answers the basic questions of life and guides us toward achieving unlimited satisfaction on a daily basis. The essential questions of man?s being add another dimension to human suffering. They do not allow us to feel satisfied even when this or that goal has been fulfilled. When one attains the goal he strives for, he immediately feels he?s missing yet another pleasure. This prevents him from enjoying his achievements, and his suffering is renewed. In retrospect, he sees that he has spent most of his time making an effort to achieve his goals, and has gained very little pleasure from the successes themselves. Everyone, each in his own way, tries to answer these questions from the sources of information at his disposal. Each one of us formulates our own perception of the world based on our experience. Reality and everyday life constantly put this perception to the test, making us react, improve, or otherwise change it. With some of us, this process occurs on a conscious level; with others it happens unconsciously."