"You can do anything that you want to do! The sky's the limit!" said the Life Coach through a dubiously toothy grin.
"Well, that's just it, mate," replied Nigel. "I'm not interested in the sky. What I really want to do is go to the pub get drunk every day without ever getting a hangover, without it destroying this body and emptying that bank account. And that can't be done. It isn't possible. So when you say 'anything you want to do' - the anything is bollocks, isn't it? There are a spectacularly large amount of things that I most definitely cannot do, and you know it."
"But those are not your true wants," answered the Life Coach.
"Ah! So, we have a proviso already! You can do whatever you want to do as long as the wants are your true wants? So basically a want subset is possible? Not 'anything'. Where is the list of wants that are true wants, and how is it that I really don't seem to want those wants?"
"If you were truly happy then you would not want to abuse your body."
"If I were truly happy then I would not want anything at all. Anyway, I told you before, I don't want to abuse it. I want to get drunk every day and have the body remain perfectly fine. But that isn't possible, is it?"
"Why do you feel the need to alter your mental state with alcohol?"
"Because it's fun. Why does anyone want anything? Because of the temporary pleasant feeling it brings. Getting drunk is excellent fun. If it were not for side-effects already mentioned, there would be no reason not to pursue that very simple want to have fun. BUT - you cannot do anything you want, because Life always bites back, doesn't it? That's the pay-off. No pleasure without pain."
"But you can get that pleasure in many other ways - ways that do not mean you have to abuse your body."
"Maybe you can ..... but the pain always comes in one form or another, either before the pleasure or after it. There is no escape from that cycle. Anyway, that's not the point. The point is that you are trying to tell me that I can do whatever I want, and the one thing, the only thing that I can identify that I really do want, cannot be had. It is not possible. So your theory is bollocks, is it not?"
"As I said, those are not your true wants."
"So whose are they?"
"They are the wants of the ego, the small self."
"Ah, so who is this 'you' character that is being referred to, then? Not me apparently! Someone else?"
"Your True Self is not interested in such petty wants as intoxicants and such like."
"So my True Self can have whatever it wants, but I can't? And what does my True Self want?"
"Your True Self is already complete. It does not want for anything."
"So I can have whatever I want, as long as the I being referred to is my True Self, but that I doesn't want anything at all? Is that it?"
"No, you are twisting my words."
"They seem to be twisted already, old bean."
"If you are not going to take this seriously, you are wasting my time."
"Well, old chap, past experience would tend to indicate that the talking of total bollocks is very rarely taken seriously. Even if I WANT to, it just can't be done! Not a true want, you see!"
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