qWant'um theory of suffering (silent Q)

“We think we’re happy when we get what we want, but we’re really only happy when we stop wanting.”

– Andrew Holecek (6/12/2020, SMC online)

For me - I see something (like the bazillion books referenced in Andrew’s talks, of which I buy a subset knowing I can’t read and retain at the moment) = “Me want’ums!”

  • (then they just sit on my bookshelf causing overwhelm as I so desire to read them, along with a ton of other things, that I can’t prioritize)

Cookies - “Me want’ums!”

  • (then I get sick to my stomach)

A cute ‘kids’ book that personified this for me (too advanced for kids, much like Cheri Heber’s approach, a Zen teacher):