Bennett & Royle – in their book An Introduction to Literature, Criticism and Theory – talk about how desire is mobile. I agree with them completely. Human beings always desire something, and the object of desire changes all the time. They also talk about the moment of desire and how small it actually is. How long do you actually want something? Until you get it, till right before you get it? And the moment you get it, the desire is gone… But as we can’t live without desire, it’s not gone for too long – it returns again for a different object. And so it goes on until the end of our days. We desire until we can’t anymore.
It is one of those things that is rather frightening to think about – the predictability of the human mind/race. That in our core, we are simply… greedy.