The truth is, we don’t really
want to be free from desire or to admit that clinging to the pleasures of the
senses—the taste of delicious food; the sound of music, gossip, or a joke; the
touch of a sexual embrace—ends unavoidably in disappointment and suffering. We
don’t have to deny that pleasant feelings are pleasurable. But we must remember
that like every other feeling, pleasure is impermanent.