Stepford Wives is still chilling to this day, the idea that your other half would want to remake you into their ideal.
‘To the evolved mind of the Gautama Buddha, any desire was an obscene distortion…’
And one of the Four Noble Truths of Buddhism is that the cause of all human suffering is desire, in some form or another.
The whole concept of wanting things (or a particular outcome, or…) is seen differently in non-Buddhist cultures. But even so, we’ve all been warned against greed. There’s even the old expression, ‘Be careful what you wish for. You just might get it.’ And there’s something to that. Getting what we think we want may come with all sorts of consequences. Don’t believe me? Just take a quick look at crime fiction, and you’ll see what I mean.
In Agatha Christie’s Cat Among the Pigeons, we are introduced to Honoria Bulstrode…
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