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by Jean Vanier

We know ourselves what it is to experience conflicting desires. We are torn in different directions. We would like to please a friend, but at the same time we want to be alone to get on with our own affairs. We would like to smoke, but are afraid of destroying our lungs. We want to study, but at the same time we would like to go to the cinema. Is there, among these conflicting pulls, one supreme good that is sought after for its own sake? Is there a fundamental desire that impels us to seek other “goods” in order to achieve the conquest of that fundamental desire, the one that governs all others?

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